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Cities of Trade

May 22, 2014

The exchange of goods and services across borders is fundamentally tied to the health of a nation’s economy. Cities, which have historically served as centers of trade, are playing an increasingly vital role in the manufacture and distribution of merchandise goods. With the world’s urban population slated to nearly double over the course of the next half-century, metropolitan areas will likely continue to play an integral part in global trade.

 

Tales of Trade: From Jarring Pickles to Tracking Space Debris

May 16, 2014

Every country in the world trades to some extent, none more than the U.S. Yet while their country is the largest importer and exporter, involving a whopping $2.3 trillion in goods and services last year, some Americans aren’t aware of what an important role trade plays for that business just around the corner.

Trade is often perceived as the domain of multinationals, exchanging shipping containers worth of goods across the ocean. Yet in fact, America’s small businesses make up the vast majority of overseas sellers.

Rolls-Royce Shows How Investing in the U.S. is Good for Business

May 2, 2014

When Rolls-Royce set out to expand its global footprint, the goal was simple: to better position the company to meet the increasing needs of its business and growing customer base. The British power systems company quickly zeroed in on the U.S., selecting Prince George County just outside Petersburg, Virginia, as the home for Crosspointe — a new state-of-the-art manufacturing, research and development campus. As James M.

The European Example: Rethinking Government-Run Health Care

Mar 12, 2014

Since the launch of Obamacare, Americans have begun to witness the reality of what more government intervention in the health care system means—burdensome mandates, tax increases, punitive fines, and heavy regulations.

Yet at the same time Obamacare has created an expanded federal role in health care, other countries that have been operating government-run health programs for decades are furiously seeking to reform their dysfunctional and financially unsustainable systems before they unravel.

Will Europe Challenge the U.S. in Startup Dominance?

Feb 21, 2014

For Christopher Steiner, being accepted into Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s oldest incubator, was like winning the lottery.  “Everybody wants to get into Y Combinator, but there’s only a 2 percent acceptance rate. It really changed the trajectory for our company,” said the journalist turned entrepreneur who co-founded Aisle50 with Riley Scott in 2010.

Ask The Expert: Why is the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement a Big Deal?

Dec 27, 2013

It’s not every day that 159 countries can come together and agree on anything. But that’s exactly what happened at the World Trade Organization in early December, as the member governments agreed on a trade facilitation agreement—a package of reforms on how goods will enter their markets. It’s an agreement that “is cost cutting, competition-enhancing, anti-corruption, good-government kind of a program,” says John Murphy, vice president of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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