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SUNS # 9331 Thursday 22 April 2021

United Nations : Container freight rates at historical highs, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Container freight rates have reached historical highs, with rates to South America and West Africa now being higher than to any other major trade region, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

IMF : Divergent recoveries stem from divergent policies - Part II (PRIV)
(Bhumika Muchhala, New York)
The role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as lender-of-last- resort has skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic, with emergency financing and loan packages disbursed to 86 countries since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020.

Zimbabwe : COVID-19 locks down therapy support for trafficking survivors (PRIV)
(IPS, Bulawayo)
Before Zimbabwe imposed lockdown measures last March as part of global efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Grace Mashingaidze* would attend workshops in Harare arranged by a non-governmental organisation assisting trafficked women who had safely made it back home.

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