The coronavirus crisis has shone a spotlight on how challenging it is for countries to protect the health of the population. To contain the pandemic, governments have taken unprecedented measures such as closing borders or shutting off large areas of their territories. These measures can cause major disruptions to global supply chains and transportation systems. According to … [Read more...] about How Customs can protect us from the coronavirus
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The COVID-19 pandemic is the most challenging global crisis since the postwar, for its public health dimension as well as its economic consequences. International trade is one of the channels of contagion of the economic crisis that will strongly affect Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This begs several questions. Why is this crisis different? What are the channels of … [Read more...] about How exposed is Latin America to the trade effects of COVID-19?
The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to wreak havoc on Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) trade and the integration, making it vital for governments to take appropriate measures to reduce its impact on the economy and life of its citizens. Over the last 100 years, there have been seven global pandemics (Spanish flu, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, H1N1, SARS, MERS, and … [Read more...] about The impact of coronavirus trade and integration: what to do?
Buddha, the prince who became a beggar, said that the only constant thing in life is change. Today, over 2,500 years after Buddha’s time on earth, the speed at which change is happening has never been faster. Trade in Latin America and the Caribbean is being transformed not just by the digital revolution but also by the growing risks associated with a synchronized cooling of … [Read more...] about The state of e-commerce in Latin America
A recent IDB report found that while trade liberalization resulted in increased firm and labor productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 30 years, boosting economic growth, it did not create as many new jobs or reduce inequality as expected. Liberalization in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in moderate negative impacts on labor markets. For example, a 2004 … [Read more...] about How Trade and Training Can Boost Employment in Latin America