Aid for Trade at a Glance 2017

Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development

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This edition of Aid for Trade at a Glance focuses on trade connectivity, which is critical for economic growth, inclusiveness and sustainable development. Physical connectivity enables the movement of goods and services to local, regional and global markets. It is closely intertwined with digital connectivity which is vital in today’s trade environment. Yet, the Internet remains inaccessible for 3.9 billion people globally, many of whom live in the least developed countries.

This report builds on the analysis of trade costs and extends it into the digital domain, reflecting the changing nature of trade. It seeks to identify ways to support developing countries – and notably the least developed – in realising the gains from trade. It reviews action being taken by a broad range of stakeholders to promote connectivity for sustainable development, including by governments, their development partners and by the private sector. One message that emerges strongly is that participation in e-commerce requires much more than a simple internet connection.

Chapters were prepared by the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Business for eTrade Development.

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Promoting trade inclusion in the least developed countries through connectivity

The emergence of information and communications technology, especially mobile phones, has changed how people in the least developed countries (LDCs) do business and organise their lives. However, most people in these countries still lack access to affordable internet connections and the LDCs face profound challenges to connectivity. Introducing policies to improve the enabling environment for trade and investment can help. This chapter looks at the policy aspects of digital connectivity in the LDCs and reviews examples of recent reforms that have enabled e-commerce to play an increasingly important role. It emphasises, nevertheless, that there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution. Ultimately, users in the LDCs will guide markets and governments, demonstrating what they most urgently require in terms of digital connectivity. Led by LDC governments and with focused co-operation among key stakeholders—including the private sector and international donors—much can be achieved in the way of inclusion.



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