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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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Services trade policies and their contribution to connectivity and development

This chapter examines how trade in services contributes to connectivity. It discusses the role of policies in services trade, looking at how these promote integration into the international trading system. The chapter details the economic relevance of services for national economies, as well as in international trade and investment. It identifies key channels through which trade in services contributes to physical and digital connectivity, examining relevant service sectors. The chapter discusses policies that affect trade in services and reviews recent research that underscores the impact of such policies on sectoral performance, economic welfare and development. Finally, it highlights the positive contribution that aid for trade can make in support of services policies.

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