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  • 24-May-2018

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    Improving Markets for Recycled Plastics - Trends, Prospects and Policy Responses

    Plastics have become one of the most prolific materials on the planet: in 2015 we produced about 380 million tonnes of plastics globally, up from 2 million tonnes in the 1950s. Yet today only 15% of this plastic waste is collected and recycled into secondary plastics globally each year. This report looks at why this is the case and what we can do about it, as the pervasiveness of plastics is becoming an urgent public health and planetary problem. Not only is the diffusion of waste plastics into the wider environment creating hugely negative impacts, but plastics production emits approximately 400 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually as a result of the energy used in their production, transport, and final waste treatment. Improved plastics collection and recycling represents a promising solution to these concerns.
  • 15-March-2018

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    Free trade zones are being used to traffic counterfeit goods

    Rapid growth in free trade zones – where economic activity is driven by reduced taxes and customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight – is unintentionally fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking, according to a new report by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.

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  • 9-March-2018

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    Countering Illicit Trade

    Illicit trade has a negative impact on economic stability, social welfare, public health, public safety & our environment. To mitigate this global risk, public and private sector decision makers need a firmer understanding of the magnitude and nature of its impacts on economic activities, and a clearer understanding of the conditions that enable it.

  • 8-March-2018

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    OECD welcomes CPTPP agreement

    “The OECD has long been an advocate for market openness that supports sustainable and inclusive growth.” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría said in response to the signing.

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  • 6-March-2018

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  • 1-March-2018

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    OECD highlights serious weaknesses in the fight against illicit trade

    Inconsistent penalties, insufficient checks on small parcels, and a lack of information on shipments in free trade zones allow criminal networks to traffic billions of dollars worth of fake and prohibited goods each year. Today, the OECD introduced a new phase in its efforts to help governments counter these enforcement gaps and better protect consumers and businesses.

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  • 28-February-2018

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    International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2017

    Robust growth in G20 international merchandise trade in fourth quarter of 2017

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  • 19-December-2017

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    Deepening regional integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

    Deepening regional integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will raise potential growth for all member countries.

  • 29-November-2017

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    International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2017

    G20 merchandise trade growth accelerates to highest pace in six years

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  • 9-November-2017

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    Monitoring investment and trade measures

    G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

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