26 Oct 2015
WORLD TRADE REPORT – 26 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
The Report’s findings are consistent with existing studies on the scale of potential benefits from trade facilitation, but it goes further by identifying and examining in detail a range of other benefits from the TFA. These include diversification of exports from developing countries and least-developed countries to include new products and partners, increased involvement of these countries in global value chains, expanded participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in international trade, increased foreign direct investment, greater revenue collection and reduced incidence of corruption.
The Report also looks into the challenges of implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement and examines how a new facility, launched in 2014 by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, will provide support to help developing countries implement the Agreement.
> Complete report (158 pages; 10.6MB)
> Contents, acknowledgements, disclaimer, DG Foreword and Executive Summary (11 pages; 232KB)
I- The world economy and trade in 2014 and early 2015(18 pages; 522KB)
II- Speeding up trade: benefits and challenges of implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
> A. Introduction (8 pages; 142KB)
> B. Trade facilitation in context (18 pages; 347KB)
> C. The theory and measurement of trade facilitation (16 pages; 287KB)
> D. Estimating the benefits of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (34 pages; 7.1MB)
> E. The challenges of implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (28 pages; 676KB)
> F. Conclusions (2 pages; 68KB)