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SUNS # 8880 Wednesday 3 April 2019

Trade : Global trade growth to slow to 2.6% this year, says WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Global merchandise trade is expected to dr op to 2.6 per cent in volume terms this year from 3% in 2018, as rising trade ten sions between the United States and China continued to generate uncertainty in th e world economy, according to figures released by the World Trade Organizatio n on Tuesday.

United Nations : Digital platforms generate opportunities and challenges (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Digital platforms can create new opportuniti es for companies of all sizes to engage in trade, but the gains are not automatic and economic policies and regulations will need to maximize the benefits while minimizing the costs.

Opinion : Has privatization benefited the public? (PRIV)
(IPS, Kuala Lumpur)
In most cases of privatization, some outcomes benefit some, which serves to legitimize th e change. Nevertheless, overall net welfare improvements are the exception, n ot the rule.

Opinion : 2, 4, 8 and ? billion people (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Two, four and eight billion people is the extraordinary doubling and redoubling of the world's population that oc curred in slightly less than a century.

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