G20 rich and emerging countries have been quite successful in holding protectionist pressures in check in recent months.
However, some G20 countries, in contradiction to pledges at their London and Pittsburgh summits last year, have actually implemented new measures to restrict trade. Luckily however their scope has been limited and the group has continued to avoid an escalation of protectionism.
The Financial Times noted that the new import-restricting measures imposed over the past six months by G20 countries had affected at most 0.7 percent of G20 goods imports. Or to put it in another way – or 0.4 percent of world imports about half the increase in the previous six months.
G20 must remain vigilant however since when a global recession is easing off the temptation to resort to protectionism is huge. And we don’t want the world to go down that road, do we? In today’s global market it is of vital importance to facilitate trade and not to restrict it, so let’s hope G20 continues to battle protectionism.
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