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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The World Bank s World Trade Indicators (WTI) book plus CD-ROM provides more
than 300 performance indicators measuring at-the-border and behind-the-border
country trade policy, institutions, and outcomes from 1995 to 2007. The
database allows each country to be ranked along any policy or performance
dimension relative to others. Trade-at-a-Glance tables for the 210 countries in
the database facilitate comparisons between countries in key areas.
Complementing the rich database are Trade Briefs for 142 developing countries
summarizing insights from the data and the main findings of analytical work
conducted by the Word Bank, the IMF, and the WTO for individual countries. The
World Trade Indicators 2008 companion volume highlights the main patterns in
policy and performance revealed by the database grouping countries by region or
income. The 20 best and 20 worst country rankings for a number of indicators
are shown. For country policy makers, trade negotiators and their advisors,
this volume provides the rich context within which to interpret a single
country s standing on various dimensions. Business executives will gain new
insights about the countries in which they and their competitors operate. And
trade researchers will find tantalizing country stories on trade policy and
institutional dimensions and trade outcomes. Country performance is benchmarked
around five main pillars: 1. Border protection, such as tariffs and non-tariff
barriers on imports of goods and services 2. Market access barriers in the rest
of the world to exports of goods 3. Overall business and institutional
environment 4. Trade facilitation 5. Trade outcomes, such as trade growth,
integration, and diversification.