GDAE joins forces with UNCTAD on International Trade Agreements
GDAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNCTAD, the United Nations body specialized in international trade and finance, establishing a research collaboration aimed at overhauling assessments of international trade and investment agreements. Economists in GDAEâ€™s Globalization program and UNCTADâ€™s Globalization division will work with an international team of experts on developing policy options for sustainable growth of income and employment in the global economy. Results will inform GDAEâ€™s and UNCTADâ€™s leading reports and joint workshops in an effort to reach out to all stakeholders in the policymaking process.
Jeronim Capaldo was in Geneva, Switzerland, April 15-May 2, for the first phase of the project, during which the team prepared the extensive global database that will feed into subsequent analyses.
In Geneva, Capaldo also met with officials of the South Centre and the International Labour Organization to discuss assessment of trade reformsâ€™ social impacts. He will travel to Geneva again, June 2-6, to present his analysis of Trade Facilitation at the South Centre. The analysis builds on Capaldoâ€™s â€œThe Uncertain Gains from Trade Facilitationâ€ and calls attention to overlooked costs and overly celebrated gains as the implementation of Baliâ€™s 2013 agreement draws near.