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  • Inclusive Global Value Chains: Integration of SMEs in GVCs

    This joint OECD and World Bank Group report focuses on the challenge of making GVCs more “inclusive” by overcoming participation constraints for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitating access for Low Income Developing Countries (LIDCs).

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  • New analysis of Participation of Developing Countries in Global Value Chains

    Although global value chains (GVCs) are often considered a defining feature of the current wave of globalisation, little is known about what drives GVC participation; what the benefits associated to growing participation are; or how developing countries engage and benefit from GVCs. This brand new paper provides empirical evidence of the benefits that developing countries can draw from integrating into GVCs.

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  • Trade facilitation: Potential impact on developing countries' trade

    OECD indicators show that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform is greater than the simple sum of the impact of individual measures, reaching almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

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OECD trade and development research investigates policies related to trade and investment linkages, regional cooperation, participation in international value chains, competitiveness, technology diffusion, infrastructure and the promotion of inclusive growth.

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  ‌Better Understanding Global Trade Flows

The joint OECD-WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) initiative considers the value added by each country in the production of goods and services that are consumed worldwide.



Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade in services affect jobs? Services trade is one of the areas studied in this book presenting highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE).

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Globalisation and Emerging Economies

This publication takes stock of the increasing integration of leading developing countries into the global trading system.

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Aid for Trade at a Glance: Connecting to Value Chains

This annual joint OECD-WTO publication provides a comprehensive analysis of trends and developments in aid that aims to help developing countries integrate into the global economy and benefit from trade opportunities.

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Globalisation, Comparative Advantage and the Changing Dynamics of Trade

This book collects OECD work that builds on recent contributions to the theory and empirics of comparative advantage, putting particular emphasis on the role policy can play in shaping trade.

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Key Areas in Trade and Development

Trade Facilitation
To help governments improve their border procedures and reap greater benefits from international trade, OECD has created a set of trade facilitation indicators to analyse 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages.

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Trade in Value-Added (TiVA)
The goods and services we buy are composed of inputs from various countries around the world. However, the flows of goods and services within these global production chains are not always reflected in conventional measures of international trade. The joint OECD – WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) initiative addresses this issue by considering the value added by each country in the production of goods and services that are consumed worldwide. TiVA indicators are designed to better inform policy makers by providing new insights into the commercial relations between nations.

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The Southeast Asia Regional Programme: Trade Initiative
The aim of the initiative is to build a closer dialogue on trade issues between ASEAN and OECD members over time, building confidence in the region about the relevance of the OECD’s work on trade and identifying areas of mutual interest in trade policy. Much of the OECD Trade Committee’s work is highly relevant to ASEAN’s efforts to improve market “connectivity”. This is particularly the case in relation to on-going work on trade facilitation, services trade and the factors that shape effective participation in global value chains.

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Global Value Chains
International production, trade and investments are increasingly organised within so-called global value chains (GVCs) where the different stages of the production process are located across different countries. This emergence of GVCs challenges our conventional wisdom on how we look at economic globalisation and in particular, the policies that we develop around it. The OECD is preparing a broad range of work to help policy makers to understand the effects of GVCs on a number of policy domains.

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Trade and Jobs (ICITE)
The International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE) aims to seek a better understanding of how trade interacts with employment, promote discussion on these issues and develop policy-relevant conclusions.

» Explore the issues surrounding services and jobs

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