• How Covid-19 infected global trade

    David Uren     |      May 28, 2020

    The head of the WTO, Robert Azevedo, abruptly announced his resignation on 14 May. He didn’t explain his reason, but as the guardian of the global trade rules, it could well have been despair.

  • COVID-19, like Spanish flu, will hit poor nations the hardest

    David Uren     |      April 14, 2020

    Horror videos posted on social media last week underline the extreme vulnerability of emerging nations to the novel coronavirus.

  • Estimating the economic impact of coronavirus

    David Uren     |      March 6, 2020

    Just as the course of the virus is uncertain, so too is its likely economic impact; predictions vary wildly and it’s difficult to trace the effects of previous epidemics.

  • World Bank in the dock over corruption

    David Uren     |      February 26, 2020

    The World Bank is being accused of suppressing a study which showed that a great deal of aid to the poorest countries is stolen by corrupt officials and salted away in foreign bank accounts.

  • Free trade isn’t dead yet

    David Uren     |      December 23, 2019

    Conflict over trade dominated the economic headlines in 2019, so it’s heartening that the year ended with significant progress on three trade agreements.

  • Putin bounces back

    David Uren     |      November 12, 2019

    How does a country with an economy the size of Spain, corruption on a par with Papua New Guinea and life expectancy below Libya still cast a shadow over Europe?

  • Australia’s booming trade with China will shape strategic policy

    David Uren     |      September 4, 2019

    Diplomatic relations may have been strained, but Australia’s trade relationship with China is growing ever closer. The latest trade report shows that China was the destination for a record 40% of Australia’s exports in June.

  • Sowing the seeds of a new debt crisis in the developing world

    David Uren     |      July 22, 2019

    The World Bank has sounded a warning about China’s lending to low-income countries. The gains for participants in the BRI are in danger of being undone by unsustainable debts.