Finance & Economics

MENA: Trade and Regional Integration are Critical to Economic Recovery in the Post-Covid Era

Trade and integration — within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and with the rest of the world — will be critical to lowering poverty, empowering the poor, and igniting economic growth in the post-COVID era, according to the World Bank’s...

1 in 6 children lives in extreme poverty, World Bank-UNICEF analysis shows

An estimated 1 in 6 children – or 356 million globally – lived in extreme poverty before the pandemic, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group-UNICEF analysis released on October 20.

UK: spending to address COVID-19 and Brexit should fit with productivity, social and environmental goals

The United Kingdom faces major challenges from the COVID-19 crisis and leaving the EU Single Market. Ramping up investment in the digital economy, the service sector, green infrastructure and adult skills would strengthen the recovery and help to...

Employment situation, OECD, second quarter 2020

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(1) The chart provides a more comparable view of movements in US employment statistics with...

IMF: ‘Less severe’ but ‘still deep’ recession predicted

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MENA: Global Action is Urgently Needed to Reverse Damaging Jumps in Extreme Poverty

The World Bank’s biennial Poverty and Shared Prosperity report finds that the rate of extreme poverty in the MENA region rose from 3.8% in 2015 to 7.2% in 2018 — the latest year for which data is available. This followed another rise in poverty in the...

International community renews commitment to address tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy

The international community has made substantial progress towards reaching a consensus-based long-term solution to the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy, and agreed to keep working towards an agreement by mid-2021,...

Unemployment Rates, OECD - Updated: October 2020


Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 5 October 2020

Annual inflation in the OECD area overall was stable at 1.2% in August 2020. Energy prices continued to fall in August (minus 7.1%), but at a slower pace than in July (minus 8.4%), while food price inflation picked up slightly to 3.9%, compared with 3...

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, October 2020