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Trade & Competitiveness Year in Review
  Dec 22, 2016

December 22, 2016 EDITION
Year in Review
2016 certainly was a busy year in the world of trade and competitiveness. As you catch up on your end of the year reading, please peruse some of the noteworthy content from the World Bank Group's Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice. 

Connecting to Compete 2016: The Logistics Performance Index

June 2016 - The 2016 edition of Connecting to Compete scores and benchmarks countries’ performance on logistics. Germany ranked first for the second time in a row.

Small is the New Big: Malaysian SMEs Help Energize and Drive the Economy

July 2016 - Ninety-seven percent of business establishments in Malaysia are SMEs. Malaysia’s 2012-2020 SME Masterplan seeks to advance SME development.

Breaking Down Barriers: Unlocking Africa's Potential with Vigorous Competition Policy

July 2016 - A World Bank Group report found that reducing the price of food staples by 10% could lift nearly half a million people out of poverty in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia alone.

Opinion: Globalization is the Only Answer

August 2016 - Trade & Competitiveness Senior Director Anabel Gonzalez suggests four areas of trade and globalization where policymakers should put their focus. 

The Changing Trade Landscape

September 2016 - In this interview with Anabel Gonzalez, the senior director for the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice offers her views on mega-regional trade agreements, the role of trade in reducing inequality and the importance of international cooperation and domestic policies in making globalization work for all.

$300 Million to Improve Employment Opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian Refugees

September 2016 - A US$300 million World Bank Group program is supporting Jordan’s efforts to improve the investment climate, attract investors, reform the country’s labor market and grant access to the Syrian labor force to contribute to Jordan’s economic growth.

South Asia's Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse

October 2016 - South Asia’s potential is unquestionable. But will it become the world's next export powerhouse?

Results: Easing Business Regulations in Cusco

November 2016 - An IFC Advisory project financed by SECO helped streamline procedures for obtaining permits to start tourism businesses in Cusco. The reforms eliminated 150 unnecessary processes and shaved three years off the business registration process.

Why Gender Equality in Doing Business Makes Good Economic Sense

November 2016 - For the first time since it was launched in 2002, the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report this year added a gender dimension to its measures, including to the annual ranking on each country's ease of doing business. 

Results: Getting Kazakhstan's Technology Out of the Lab and into Global Markets

December 2016 - Between 2008 and 2015, a World Bank Group project in Kazakhstan kick started 65 new science-based startups in industries including agriculture, gas, oil, medicine.
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