WTO warns protectionism threatens strong trade growth forecast

Updated 12 April 2018

WTO warns protectionism threatens strong trade growth forecast

GENEVA: The World Trade Organization said Thursday that it expects strong trade growth through this year and next but warned progress would be “undermined” if governments implement threatened protectionist measures.

The WTO forecast 4.4 percent growth in trade volume this year and a more moderate four percent expansion in 2019.

World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo cautioned that “this important progress could be quickly undermined if governments resort to restrictive trade policies, especially in a tit-for-tat process that could lead to an unmanageable escalation.”

“A cycle of retaliation is the last thing the world economy needs,” he added in a statement.

Last year saw the most robust rise in trade volume expansion since 2011, raising hope that the world economy was finally on a sustained path to recovery following the financial crisis.

In its latest forecast, the WTO said risks “had appeared to be more balanced than at any time since the financial crisis,” but noted that uncertainty was rising again.

The extent of any protectionist measures that will be implemented by the world’s top economies remains uncertain.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has announced tariffs on steel and aluminum and targeted China for additional 25 percent punitive duties on nearly $50 billion in goods for its alleged theft of US intellectual property.

China has vowed to defend itself through a series of reciprocal measures.

Azevedo reiterated his call for nations to try to resolve their disputes through the multilateral system, instead of via face-to-face standoffs.

“The pressing trade problems confronting WTO members (are) best tackled through collective action,” he said.

“I urge governments to show restraint and settle their differences through dialogue and serious engagement.”


Japan’s ANA Holdings says buying 20 more Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Updated 25 February 2020

Japan’s ANA Holdings says buying 20 more Boeing 787 Dreamliners

  • The price tag for the purchases was not disclosed
  • Planes expected to go into service between financial years 2022 and 2025

TOKYO: Japan’s ANA Holdings said Tuesday it will buy 20 new Boeing 787-10 and 787-9 aircraft, with the planes expected to go into service between 2022 and 2025.
The order will be made up of 11 787-10 aircraft, which will serve domestic routes, and nine 787-9 planes for international destinations.
The price tag was not disclosed.
All Nippon Airways has been gradually replacing its Boeing 777s with 787s, citing better fuel efficiency and a reduction in noise emissions.
Once all 20 of the newly ordered planes go into service, ANA will operate some 103 787s, the firm said.
“Boeing’s 787s have served ANA with distinction, and we are proud to expand our fleet by adding more of these technologically advanced aircraft,” said Yutaka Ito, executive vice president of ANA and ANA Holdings, in a statement.
“These planes represent a significant step forward for ANA as we work to make our entire fleet more eco-friendly and to reduce noise output,” Ito added.