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Trade and COVID-19

The World Bank Group has produced a series of guidance notes for policymakers on trade and COVID-19, which discuss best practices to mitigate pandemic-related trade risks, support trade facilitation and logistics, and implement trade policy in a time of crisis.

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How countries are using better data to increase trade

In an increasingly global economy, countries need up-to-date trade data. Better trade data is especially important in the era of global value chains (GVCs), where production occurs across borders. The World Bank Group is helping client countries access better trade data through new databases, which in turn is helping them negotiate better trade deals.

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Trade and Poverty Reduction

This publication by The World Bank Group and World Trade Organization presents eight case studies demonstrating ways trade can help reduce poverty in developing countries.

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Why Trade Logistics Matter

Logistics are the backbone of international trade. Good logistics reduce trade costs, but supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link. For developing countries, getting logistics right means improving their infrastructure, customs, skills and regulations.”

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What does the rise of the robots mean for trade?

Industrial robots, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the face of global production and trade.

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Launched in 2017, the Umbrella Facility for Trade (UF) is a World Bank-administered multi-donor trust fund that supports the World Bank Group’s Trade Strategy through funding that:


The development partners to the UF are the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the United Kingdom, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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