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A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
24. January 2019

Rapid innovation and lowering costs have dramatically increased access to electronic products and digital technology, with many benefits. This has led to an increase in the use of electronic devices and equipment. The unintended consequence of this is a steep growth of electronic and electrical waste: e-waste. E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. It is estimated this waste stream reached 48.5 million tonnes in 2018. Globally, society only deals with 20% of e-waste appropriately and there…

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Innovation with a Purpose: Improving Traceability in Food Value Chains through Technology Innovations

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
24. January 2019

Technology innovations, and their supporting enabling environment, have the potential to support positive food system transformation. This report, developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, focuses on the potential of emerging technologies to improve traceability in food value chains. The report explores the powerful opportunity for traceability to improve information about the provenance, safety, efficiency and sustainability of food and food supplies. It also emphasises that simply applying new technologies for traceability within food systems…

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Globalization in transition: The future of trade and value chains

McKinsey & Company  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. January 2019

In 2014, the McKinsey Global Institute proposed a new way of looking at globalization: by measuring global flows of goods, services, finance, and people. In 2016, they returned to the topic, highlighting the contrast between flattening trade in physical goods and soaring cross-border data flows. That report described a more digital form of globalization that has opened the door to new participants, created new sources of value, and introduced new opportunities and risks. McKinsey & Company| Globalization in transition: The future…

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Blockchain and Associated Legal Issues for Emerging Markets

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
18. January 2019

Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (DLT), is a tamper-evident and tamper-resistant digital ledger implemented in a distributed fashion.This emerging technology, which enables direct transactions within a ledger without need for a central authority or trusted intermediary, has the potential to re-engineer economic models and enable the creation of markets and products previously unavailable or unprofitableacross emerging markets. However, in considering the potential benefits of blockchain, organizationmust also consider the associated risks and how they can be managed.These risks include jurisdictional…

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Global Opportunity Index 2018: Emerging G20 Countries and Capital Flow Reversal

Milken Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
18. January 2019

Attracting foreign investors into emerging market economies has been made more arduous by rising U.S. interest rates and heightened geopolitical risks. As their share of capital inflows grows, emerging market economies have also diversified the composition of these inflows away from foreign direct investment (FDI) toward bank and portfolio capital. However, portfolio flows are highly cyclical and 2018's drop in inflows reflects a reversal of the previous year's rise. The 2008 financial crisis triggered the last comprehensive discussion on financial…

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International financial centres and development finance

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
18. January 2019

Economic growth in some of the world’s poorest nations is being held back by a lack of financing. International financial centres (IFCs) have a crucial role to play in mobilising such finance as they can provide secure jurisdictions, fund structuring and tax neutrality for both private investors and public–private co-financing. The paper finds it is important that policy balance the trade-offs involved in fostering IFC intermediation of development finance, while ensuring that illicit activities continue to be tackled resolutely. It…

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Global Economic Prospects – Darkening Skies

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. January 2019

Global economic prospects have darkened. Financing conditions have tightened, industrial production has moderated, and trade tensions remain elevated. The recovery in emerging market and developing economies has stalled, and some countries have experienced significant financial stress. Downside risks have increased, including the possibility of disorderly financial market movements and escalating trade disputes. It is thus critical to rebuild policy buffers while fostering potential growth by boosting human capital, promoting trade integration, and addressing informality. The report contains pieces on the…

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The Global Risks Report 2019

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. January 2019

The Global Risks Report 2019 is published against a backdrop of worrying geopolitical and geo-economic tensions. If unresolved, these tensions will hinder the world’s ability to deal with a growing range of collective challenges, from the mounting evidence of environmental degradation to the increasing disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This year’s report includes another series of “what-if” Future Shocks that examine quantum computing, weather manipulation, monetary populism, emotionally responsive artificial intelligence and other potential risks. The theme of emotions…

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