Aid for Trade at a Glance 2009

Maintaining Momentum

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Numerous barriers prevent developing countries - in particular the least developed - from taking advantage of trade opportunities that could help them reduce poverty. The Aid-for-Trade Initiative has successfully built awareness of the support these countries need to surmount these barriers. As a result, more and more developing countries are raising the profile of trade issues in their development strategies and donors are responding by increasing the resources they provide to build trade capacity in areas such as policy, institutions and infrastructure.

This aid-for-trade monitoring report - the second of its kind - documents the success of the initiative to date. It examines trends and developments and presents a comprehensive analysis of donor and partner country engagement. In addition, it addresses the regional dimension of aid for trade and showcases three cross-border infrastructure projects. Finally, the report provides fact sheets that help in assessing the outcomes and impacts of aid for trade.

The main conclusions are positive. Nonetheless, the outlook is affected by the current global economic crisis. Aid for trade is now, and more than ever, essential to help suppliers from developing countries build capacity and penetrate global markets. The key message of the report is clear: aid for trade must remain an essential component of development assistance. It offers a number of steps, in this respect, that can advance the aid-for-trade dialogue.

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Are Donors on Course?

The first Global Aid for Trade Review revealed that most donors had developed – or were in the process of developing – aid-for-trade strategies, and that wider support for trade issues was expressed in many aspects of their regular work programme. This second OECD/WTO monitoring survey reveals a healthy momentum to keep this initiative in the forefront of donors’ development strategies. More donors took part in the second monitoring exercise and their responses clearly show that aid for trade holds growing importance in their programmes and is likely to be maintained, or even expanded, over the medium term.

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