African, Asian seaports benefit from new UN-backed training programme

African and Asian officials will receive training in the efficient operation of seaports as part of a United Nations programme to help developing countries acquire the skills needed to participate more effectively in the global economy under an agreement signed today.

New UN report on maritime transport reveals effects of financial crisis

A United Nations report released today shows that international seaborne trade surged to record levels last year but has since declined because of the financial crisis, jeopardizing the health of many developing countries, especially those that depend on commodities.

Record foreign investment in 2007, but financial crisis prompts new caution – UN

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 30 per cent in 2007 to reach an all-time high of $1.8 billion, but the economic downturn and financial instability is prompting a new sense of caution for the coming years, according to a United Nations report released today.

‘One UN’ pilot scheme helps spark economic progress in Cape Verde

Cape Verde has made steady economic progress since lifting itself out of least developed country (LDC) status last year by benefiting from the coordinated support of United Nations agencies, a UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) meeting heard today.

Recent financial woes highlight need to revive Doha trade talks – UN official

Progress on the stalled Doha round of trade liberalization talks would not only boost the world economy but also confidence amid current economic and financial uncertainties, such as those being witnessed in the United States banking sector, the head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said today.

Africa’s exports still lagging behind other developing nations, says UN report

While two decades of trade liberalization have removed many of the barriers that limited Africa’s trade, progress has been less than expected, and below that of other developing countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

Economic slowdown in rich countries could hurt poorer States, UN reports

While developing countries’ economies are forecasted to expand by 6 per cent this year, that growth could potentially be checked by the slowdown in wealthier nations, according to a new report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

UN agency launches database on world trade in creative products

A new public database in creative products – such as music, audiovisuals, newspapers and electronic publishing – has been launched today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Developing nations still playing catch-up with rich countries – UN trade agency

Poorer nations, which are home to the majority of the world’s population, are still struggling to break the dominance of their richer counterparts in the global economy, according to a report released today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Changes in globalization to be key topic at UN trade and development conference

Containing the global economic slowdown and adapting development thinking to “the second wave of globalization” will be major topics at the upcoming session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).