A March staff paper by the IMF outlines that although trade restriction measures have increased in the wake of the financial crisis, they have only had a strong negative impact in the products they targeted, and their aggregate impact is just 0.25 per cent of global trade. The IMF has called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to further monitor protectionist measures, and recommended completing the WTO Doha Round of trade talks. Meanwhile, the World Bank is formulating a global trade strategy, with stakeholder consultations both before and after a draft is released in July.
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Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
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