Improving the efficiency of trade is a key component of development and poverty reduction. The World Bank works to make the global trading system more rules-based, predictable, and supportive of development. It also works with developing countries to improve their access to international markets and strengthen the competitiveness of their firms.
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December 11, 2014 — A new book from the World Bank Group shows how trade has the potential to stem violence and promote stability in fragile and conflict-affected countries, where the word's poor are increasingly concentrated.Read More »
December 11, 2014 — Using case studies from around the world, a report from the World Bank Group provides new insights on how international arrangements for foreign fishing services can increase the economic, social and environmental benefits for developing-country coastal states.Read More »
November 3, 2014 — The United Nation's Almaty Programme of Action, adopted in 2003, addresses market-access issues faced by landlocked developing countries. This publication takes stock of that initiative and recommends actions going forward.Read More »
October 31, 2014 — If private and public sectors work together now to build a stronger Levant then prosperity could forge a lasting peace. Some of the most-needed improvements are trade-related: strengthening rail and trucking services, upgrading ports, and making container transport more efficient.Read More »
October 8, 2014 — Watch a recording of this panel discussion, which explored the emerging importance of global value chains (GVCs) in global trade and the implications of that rise for low-income countries. With: WBG President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, GE Vice Chairman John G. Rice, Colombian Minister Mauricio Cárdenas, and WBG Trade and Competitiveness Senior Director Anabel González.Read More »