Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development

In the landscape of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, trade is a means of implementation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on financing for development further specifies the role of trade as “an engine for inclusive growth and poverty reduction, and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development.”Continue reading “Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development”

The Age of Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. The world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, for the period 2015-2030, following the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ran from 2000-2015. The MDGs focus on ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease. They have been theContinue reading “The Age of Sustainable Development”

IDB Backs Paraguay Agriculture, Economic Program

Paraguay will improve the competitiveness of its farm and livestock sector and its economic integration, particularly in the east of the country, with a road upgrade and conservation project backed by a $90 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The beneficiaries will be users of the highway grid, especially small- and medium-sizeContinue reading “IDB Backs Paraguay Agriculture, Economic Program”

Agreement Between BNDES and IDB foresees US $ 2.4 Billion for Infrastructure

Investment Resources can be used to finance sustainable energy sectors and in micro and small enterprise projects The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved this week a US $ 750 million loan for the Sustainable Energy Finance Program. The project focuses on increasing alternative renewable energy participation –  wind, solar and biomass –  the Brazilian energyContinue reading “Agreement Between BNDES and IDB foresees US $ 2.4 Billion for Infrastructure”

How Canadian Cleantech Companies can Make Their Mark in Chile

Canadian clean technology companies looking to pursue the Chilean market need to read this latest installment of the Going Global Series on international energy markets. Published by the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS, these market insight reports provide a 360 degree view of the energy system in priority markets, for export-ready Canadian energy companies. TheContinue reading “How Canadian Cleantech Companies can Make Their Mark in Chile”

4 Ways Technology can Help you Grow Your International Business in 2017

With the new year on the horizon, you’re likely setting goals and outlining strategies for growing your business in 2017. As you plan to improve your business in the year ahead, you should look at some key technologies that can help you manage your customers, your data and your products. 1. Customer Relationship Management softwareContinue reading “4 Ways Technology can Help you Grow Your International Business in 2017”

Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains

Two new analyses show that companies reliant on agricultural commodities like beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy have underestimated the risk of deforestation in their supply chains and are unlikely to achieve their current time-bound goals for severing ties with forest destruction. London-based non-profit CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, releasedContinue reading “Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains”