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In a comprehensive Global Trade Update released on Monday, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) painted a sobering picture for the world economy, projecting a 5% contraction in global trade for 2023 compared to the previous year. The total estimated commerce value for the year stands at approximately $30.7 trillion.

The report highlighted a nuanced scenario for goods and services trade. Goods trade is expected to contract by nearly $2 trillion, an 8% decline, while services trade shows a more positive trajectory, with an anticipated increase of around $500 billion, or 7%.

UNCTAD attributed the contraction in global trade to a combination of factors. Diminished demand in developed nations, underperformance in East Asian economies, and a dip in commodity prices collectively contributed to a noticeable decline in the trade of goods. Developing countries faced specific challenges in exporting their products, adding to the overall trade downturn.

The report emphasized that 2023 has been marked by a continuous decline in global trade, driven by the intricate interplay of various economic dynamics.

Looking ahead to 2024, UNCTAD remains cautious in its outlook. The forecast is described as “highly uncertain and generally pessimistic.” Despite positive economic indicators hinting at potential improvements, persistent geopolitical tensions, elevated global debt levels, and widespread economic fragility are expected to cast a shadow on global trade patterns.

In navigating this challenging economic landscape, stakeholders are urged to closely monitor developments and adapt strategies to address the ongoing uncertainties in the global trade arena.

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By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
12th December, 2023

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