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Digital Solutions for Small Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa

By Inutu Lukonga عربي, Français Small and medium-sized enterprises dominate the business landscape in the Middle East and North Africa region. These enterprises account for more than 90 percent of the region’s businesses and, in some countries, contribute as much as 50 percent of employment and 70 percent of GDP. Yet they face impediments to growth, and their contribution to employment is below potential. In much of the region, small and medium-sized enterprises are handicapped by limited...

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Corporate Taxation in the Global Economy

By Christine Lagarde The public perception that some large multinational companies pay little tax has led to political demands for urgent action. It is not difficult to see why.  Let me highlight three reasons why a new approach to international corporate taxation is urgent. First, the ease with which multinationals seem able to avoid tax, and the three-decade long decline in corporate tax rates, undermines faith in the fairness of the overall tax system. Second, the current situation is...

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Shifting Tides: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the G-20

By Christine Lagarde July 18, 2018 Versions in 中文, Español,  日本語, Português, Русский  Cars to be shipped abroad, Jiangsu, China: trade tariffs have gone into effect and export orders have decreased (photo: Imagine China/Newscom) The artist Claude Monet once said, “I worked without stopping, for the tide at this moment is just as I need it.” As the Group of Twenty finance ministers gather this week at the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires they should be inspired by the...

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Creating a Better Global Trade System

By Christine Lagarde May 29, 2018 Versions in عربي,  Русский     Engineers inspect the 3D printing of a bicycle frame in California: trade in services has risen dramatically and the use of technology is changing how countries trade with each other (photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters /Newscom). Recent news on global trade has tended to focus on protectionist measures and diplomatic tensions. These challenges have raised concerns over growth and jobs across the world. Yet what is often lost in...

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