China’s 2016 Trade Agenda: A Primer

By Margaret Myers In its most recent Five-Year Plan, released in March 2016, China articulates a series of trade and overseas investment initiatives to help it maintain GDP growth of around 6.5 to 7 percent. China’s trade plan, simply put, is to grow, diversify (especially toward services), and better facilitate exports. To achieve this, China explains that it will provide financial incentives for Chinese exporters, while negotiating new bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) and promoting certain mega-regional trade arrangements. This work has already largely begun. China signed a FTA with Australia in June 2015 and is negotiating a trade agreement with the European Union. A proposed trilateral deal with Japan and South Korea would reverse the declining share of trade that Japan […]


Nature’s Currency: How Biodiversity Credits are Reshaping Conservation

By Victoria Galeano* Imagine sipping your morning coffee in a...

“Latin America, the vision of its leaders” A book by Andrés Rugeles and 100 regional leaders

The Colombian Andrés Rugeles has achieved an almost impossible...

Global Tourism Industry on Track for Full Recovery by 2024

The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]