Category Archives: Trade

How G20 nations can help young entrepreneurs with their businesses

Looking at the latest media coverage, one comes to the conclusion that it is “en vogue” to be an entrepreneur as a young person. In fact, digitization offers young people as many opportunities as ever to start a business and … Continue reading

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A business component roadmap to Jamaica’s logistics centered economy

How is the Hub being implemented? What are the timelines? What is the economic value proposition? What type of industries will be attracted to the hub? What strategy will be used to attract the leading global companies? How will the hub be financed? What are the opportunities for local businesses? Continue reading

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The expanded Panama Canal and port expansion along the US East and Gulf coasts

The expanded Panama Canal is an important catalyst for these port investments, it is only one factor that is driving the port investments on the US east and Gulf coasts. As logistics, and particularly the transport component, continue to evolve only time will tell if these investments are justified. Continue reading

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Is it time for Electronic Free Trade Zone?

The Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, seems to think so. In his recent address at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum he called for the establishment of online free trade zones. These e-hubs would be focused on increasing the participation of small business in global trade who due to their size often face challenges plugging into the global market place. Continue reading

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When a veto is not just a veto – Is the US undermining the WTO?

The importance of the Appellate Body to the WTO and the whole global trading system cannot be over stated. It is the ability, and one could argue a key distinguishing feature, of the WTO as the successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to effectively resolve trade disputes between its members that underpin the global trading system. Continue reading

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The world’s top ten most export driven economies

What countries are the top export driven economies? Continue reading

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Special Economic Zones: a tool for economic development

There are over 3,000 special economic zones worldwide directly employing over 69 million people. Continue reading

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85% of World Trade is in bulk goods

Containerized cargo represents a small but very important fraction of global trade. Continue reading

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Globalization has seen a greater convergence of goods and services trade

Did you know? Services accounts for 30% of the value created in manufacturing Continue reading

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A Simple Truth: Jamaica Best Positioned for Global Logistics Hub, Part I

What Jamaica represents is a centralized location in the Americas where logistics and related activities can all be clustered on one island. Jamaica will become a platform for the use of digital technology to plan the design, production, packaging and distribution of goods; financial services; a strategic depot for the storage of natural resources, ship and airplane repair, legal services, tourism and so on. Continue reading

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