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IMF, WB, WTO Urge Nations to Advance Open Trade

IMF, WB, WTO Urge Nations to  Advance Open Trade

WASHINGTON - Several global financial institutions on Monday urged economies all over the world to advance open trade in an inclusive way.
"The role of trade in the global economy is at a critical juncture," said a joint report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Increased trade integration has helped to drive economic growth, enhance productivity, lower prices and improve living standards, said the report.
However, trade is leaving many individuals and communities behind, notably in advanced economies, it said.
These economies have been incompetent in addressing trade shocks such as job losses, though job losses in certain sectors or regions have resulted from technological changes to a large extent, rather than from trade, said the report.
In face of trade shocks and the absence of policies as countermeasures, the public has become more skeptical about the benefits of open trade, especially in advanced economies, it said.
It also noted that the sharp slowdown in global trade in recent years is both a symptom of and a contributor to low economic growth, and that trade openness has slowed down sharply in recent years as trade restrictions in some areas remain high and new restrictions continue to grow since the global financial crisis. (Xinhua)