The International Trade Center (ITC) has developed five online tools (Trade Map, Market Access Map, Investment Map, Trade Comppetitiveness Map and Standards Maps) that allow users to identify export and import opportunities, compare market access requirements and monitor national trade performance. The statistics cover data on trade, tariffs and foreign direct investment, as well as voluntary national sustainability standards. The databases aim to help businesses and trade support institutions identify trade opportunities and help policymakers monitor national trade performance and prepare for trade negotiations. They are based on assumptions that free trade and the abolition of investment rules will lead to economic growth, poverty reduction, improved living standards and employment opportunities. The main objective of this toolkit is to negotiate regional trade and investment agreements (RTAs). People with environmental backgrounds have a mandate to ensure environmental protection and may not have in-depth expertise on the impact that trade policy can have on this objective. Similarly, trade policy negotiators may be responsible for ensuring that RTIA has strong environmental protection, but may not have in-depth expertise in environmental matters or how it is influenced by trade law and policy. This mechanism aims to assist both the types of policy makers and those who formulate their respective mandates in the negotiations. It should also serve a wider audience, with an interest in how trade and the green economy interact, and the desire to assess the environmental performance of certain ITFs: non-governmental organisations, academics, private sector actors, intergovernmental organisations, etc.
The OECD statistical database provides access to time series trade data for the 34 OECD member countries and their trading partners. The database includes trade flows of goods and services as well as non-traditional indicators such as trade in intermediate goods and export value-added trade. Allee, Todd, Manfred Elsig and Andrew Lugg. 2017. « Is the European Union`s trade agreement with Canada new or recycled? A texta-data approach ». Global Policy, b. 8, no. 2, pp. 246-252. Other free trade agreements, such as those negotiated by the United States, are much broader and cover other topics, including services and investment.
These agreements are generally based on existing WTO agreements. They often aspire to go beyond what is stipulated in WTO rules. The ARIC database is made available by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and provides information on regional cooperation and integration for the 48 ADB member countries. . . .