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Internet course: Trade Facilitation for Export Diversification in Small and Medium South Asian Countries

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

This one-week Internet course is targeted specifically at trade practitioners in small or medium South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, and Maldives). Its goal is to provide useful insights and better understanding of trade facilitation, transit, and logistics constraints preventing optimal  export diversification in  those countries.

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Rice prices - Viewed from Vietnamese fields

Flore de Préneuf's picture

I just returned from the Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s “rice basket” – to look at the results of development projects partly financed by the World Bank. With rice prices going through the roof, I expected to see farmers enjoying a financial boom. But, reality was more nuanced and underscored how difficult it is to grow more rice at the drop of a bamboo hat.

Here's your diploma, now go pump some oil

In times of off-the charts oil prices and environmental concerns, it may be surprising to find out that thousands of people graduate every year to go work in the oil industry. The Wall Street Journal published an article analyzing where these graduates are coming from. During the 70s and 80s, most petroleum graduates came from Texas A&M and other top U.S. and European institutions, says the article.

Does a country need to be a big food importer to be impacted by international prices?

Louis Kuijs's picture

High food prices on the international markets are getting a lot of attention and are leading to different types of policy action in different countries. Discussions on the impact of international commodity prices on domestic prices often look at how much food countries import.