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Podcast | China's food future

Podcast | China's food future

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020 - Workbook

International trade has helped to lift hundreds of millions of people around the world out of poverty, but the benefits do not come without risk. Right or wrong, labour disruption, environmental degradation, and worsening inequality are frequently associated with trade. However, proactive and responsible policy can harness the good elements of trade while mitigating the bad, making for a more robust global trading community. 

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020

Sustainability was gaining more traction in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic. Firms stepped up commitments to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Investors started incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into their asset allocation decisions. And consumers voted with their wallets to support sustainable production, purchasing goods with certified claims regarding their environmental impact and use of labour.

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2018

Yet the enthusiasm in Asia for trade does not appear to have waned. This broad societal consensus behind international trade has enabled Asian countries to continue broadening and deepening existing trading relationships, for example, by quickly hammering out a deal for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in early 2018 following the US’s withdrawal from its predecessor in 2017.

The Urban Transit Evolution

This new report, sponsored by Siemens UK, which reviews some of the urban mobility challenges facing well-established, congested cities. It provides a roadmap for city leaders to overcome these challenges, with a focus on factors to consider when making decisions around infrastructure projects and transport policies.

Key findings of the report include:

Age of Asia: Rise of a Multipolar World

Age of Asia: Rise of a multipolar world is an Economist Impact report, sponsored by PineBridge Investments, that examines Asia’s long-term and evolving place in the global economy. The trends discussed here form a picture of possibility, opportunity and risk that’s set to play a transformative role in the years ahead. As a multipolar balance of technological, economic and geopolitical power reshapes the global stage, Asia is very likely to take on greater importance globally. Considering the forces behind that change and where they might lead is the goal of this report.

UNCTAD: 2021’s other critical conference

The UNCTAD conference took place at a crucial moment for trade and development.

Untapped opportunity: Deepening trade and investment between sub-Saharan Africa and the GCC

Executive summary

Sentiment on the economic promise of Africa seems to ebb and flow. African economic growth has been anaemic over the past decade, and the continent continues to grapple with fundamental challenges around improving transport infrastructure and electrification. Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, some of these development priorities have been pushed further down the agenda.

Friends or foes in supply chain resilience - Government policy and corporate strategy at odds with each other in critical areas

Covid-19 has convinced public and private sector decision-makers to enhance supply chain resilience. However, efforts to increase onshoring are at odds with corporate strategy. Renewed trust in global trade is needed.

Spotlight on human capital: How health, education and income can drive economic prosperity

This research programme explores the potential linkages between human capital development and economic development, investigating whether there is a trade-off between human development and economic development, or whether they form a virtuous cycle. The EIU analysis contributes to the debate on the importance of human development and the extent to which countries should prioritise it in their national development strategies. It also contributes towards supporting policymakers to make informed choices about pursuing improvements in health, income and education for their populations.

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