To optimize the benefits of trade, trade facilitation efforts should aim to reduce the cost of trading across borders for everyone, not just large corporations. Many of smaller-scale trading…

Heidi Stensland Warren , Maria Liungman, Aileen Yang |

A lack of transparency: it is one of the most common complaints of the private sector in many developing countries where the World Bank Group works. [[tweetable]]Improved transparency can lower…

Marcus Bartley Johns, Bill Gain, Luc Pugliatti |

Consumers around the world increasingly demand products and services that are simultaneously good for the economy, for the environment, and for society—the triple bottom line of sustainable growth…

Anabel Gonzalez, Daria Taglioni, Miles McKenna |

Openness to Merchandise Trade and GDP per Capita (Average 2010-2012) A well-established correlation in trade economics is the connection between gross domestic product (GDP) and openness to trade…

Jose Daniel Reyes, Siddhesh Kaushik, Julia Oliver |

Indonesia finds itself at a crossroads on the trade policy map. A turn in one direction may mean more openness and greater regional integration. A turn the other way—more protectionism and…

Gonzalo Varela, Miles McKenna |

Vietnam is one of the world's development success stories. It is undeniable.  Between 1990 and 2010, Vietnam grew at an average annual rate of 7.4 percent—one of the world’s top five growth…

Luis Blancas |

Editor's Note: This blog draws on the forthcoming article “New Trade Regionalism in Asia: Looking Past the Sino-American Great Game, " written by Swarnim Wagle, to be published in the …

Swarnim Wagle, Miles McKenna |

Many countries use trade policy to protect their own consumers from spikes in international food prices. It turns out that this well-intentioned practice can actually do more harm than good.…

Will Martin, Kym Anderson |

Sometimes trade policy works through unexpected channels. In the case of Indonesia, opening the services sector to foreign investment appears to be a way to significantly boost the productivity of…

Gonzalo Varela, Sjamsu Rahardja, Victor Duggan, Julia Oliver |

The state-owned operator of Indonesia’s Tanjung Priok Port is taking major steps to decrease congestion at the country’s main gateway. The company, Pelindo II, recently announced it will increase…

Henry Sandee, Julia Oliver, Natalia Cubillos Salcedo |