Why facilitating trade matters

May 29, 2007

You will have noticed, I am a fan of graphs and tables that cut long stories short.

I just found a very interesting one compiled by a South African researcher Peter Draper for an upcoming paper on EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements and based on the World Bank Doing Business Database. It’s about bureaucracy at the border for international trade – and it shows that those regions with the lowest income levels are also those with most bureaucratic hurdles. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are clearly the winners.



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