The World Trade Organization raises its benchmarks on the re-sale of global goods but warns that the Covid-19 epidemic still poses a serious risk of recovery from the remaining vaccines, regional differences and weaknesses in the service industry.
Demand in North America should be a major factor driving the increase in demand for goods due to greater financial freedom and fiscal spending by the US government.
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala called for better access to the goals of people in poorer countries. The rapid development of vaccines has given the world a chance to stop the epidemic, “but this opportunity could be wasted if a large number of countries and individuals do not have equal access to vaccines,” he said on Wednesday.
“The immediate release of the vaccine, which is global and equitable is the best incentive we have,” Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference presenting the annual trade forecast.
He called for better distribution of vaccine production facilities around the world so poor countries do not have to “stand in line” of vaccines.
The inequality of access is clear, and this will never happen again, ”said Okonjo-Iweala.
That the malfunction of a ship that temporarily shut down shipping on the Suez Canal could cause serious disruption was a sign that the cargo trade remains “very strong,” he said. At the moment, service businesses are in big trouble, and the balance of risks is even worse.
The WTO said it expected commodity trading to increase by 8.0% by 2021, after falling 5.3% in 2020. Trade growth should fall to 4.0% by 2022, which is a way to reimburse that would leave trade below the pre-epidemic level.
The 2020 decline was less than expected due to strong second-term securities due to strong funding and multi-government funding. The Geneva-based international organization foresaw that there would be a 9.2% slide in its October rating.
The expectation that it will soon recover from global trade has improved as commodity trade has grown much faster than expected in the second half of last year, ”the WTO statement said.
“The strong return of global trade since the middle of last year has helped to reduce the impact on people, businesses and the economy,” Okonjo-Iweala said. “But as long as more people and countries are shut out of access to adequate medicine, it will slow down growth, and threaten to reverse global health and economic recovery.”