Global Review 2019

Aid for trade is designed to help developing countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by connecting them in a sustainable manner to the global trade system. Indeed, SDG target 17.11 specifically calls for doubling the share of Least Developed Country (LDC) exports by 2020. However, many are being left behind. Their collective share of world trade remains below one percent and export baskets tend to be concentrated in a narrow set of low value-added products.


In the lead up to the biennial Aid for Trade Global Review, which will take place at the World Trade Organization on 3-5 July 2019, this series of short analytical articles explores some of the key trends and policy discussions impacting LDCs. The collection is structured along the event's themes of economic diversity, inclusive trade and emerging issues. It is intended as an impartial platform for dialogue among experts and stakeholders that adequately reflects LDC priorities.


May 23, 2019 - Fabrice Lehmann

Global value chains and development paths: A conversation with Caroline Freund

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Talking global value chains and trade integration, ahead of forthcoming World Bank report

May 21, 2019 - Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba, Fabrice Lehmann

Tentative steps to implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement in least developed countries

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Agreement provides least developed countries with novel provisions, with consultation needs taking centre stage

May 16, 2019 -

EIF launches policy series on all things LDCs and Aid for Trade

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Examining Aid for Trade and LDCs, aiming for evidence-based action

May 14, 2019 - Lisa Cornish

What to expect from WTO's 2019 Global Review of Aid for Trade

Global Review 2019

See what lies ahead at the biennial Aid for Trade event in July 2019