Global Trade Alert

As many economies witness the sharpest fall in exports in decades, and with unemployment rising to levels not seen since the 1980s, governments might be tempted to resort to protectionist policies.

Although the world has not seen a return to the trade-distorting reactions of the 1930s, governments have been implementing massive stimulus packages, bailouts and subsidies, many of which include discriminatory measures that harm foreign exporters, investors and workers.

Global Trade Alert (GTA) will provide information in real time on national measures taken during the current global economic downturn that are likely to discriminate against foreign commerce. GTA will complement and go beyond World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Bank monitoring initiatives by identifying affected trading partners. Building on inputs supplied from regional institutional partners and international experts, GTA will disseminate its findings through a dedicated website. Suspected protectionist measures will be identified, analyzed and rated as non-discriminatory, possibly discriminatory or most certainly discriminatory against foreign commercial interests. Visitors to the website will be able to examine the measures by implementing jurisdiction and affected trading partner and/or industry.

The idea is to contribute to greater global transparency and help prevent a harmful escalation of protectionism.

Projet nᵒ


État du projet


Date de début

Mercredi, octobre 14, 2009

Date butoir

Mardi, mars 29, 2011


12 mois

Agent(e) responsable du CRDI

Joekes, Susan

Financement total

CAD$ 201,700


Nord du Sahara, Sud du Sahara, Amérique Nord et Centrale, Amérique du Sud


Employment and Growth

Chargé(e) de projet

Vivian Davies

Chargé(e) de projet

Professor Simon J. Evenett


Centre for Economic Policy Research

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website