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September 03, 2019 - Cécile de Gardelle, Deanna Ramsay

How can developing countries seize returns from the fourth industrial revolution?

Without action, one out of every four people living in LDCs will be offline due to the lack of digital skills

August 08, 2019 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Aid for Trade & LDCs Magazine

In this issue: "Tentative steps to implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement in least developed countries", "Economic diversification: Why trade matters", and "Fisheries subsidies negotiations: What is at stake for least developed countries?"

August 01, 2019 - UNCTAD

Lesotho ready to channel its growth to go digital

New report on Lesotho shows how the small, mountainous nation could unlock its digital market to diversify its economy.

June 27, 2019 - Anabel González

Three trade challenges for least developed countries to converge and eradicate poverty

The current trading environment is inadequately supportive to contribute to growth, boost incomes, create jobs through new market access opportunities and reduce poverty.

June 27, 2019 - Karl P. Sauvant

How can foreign direct investment fulfil its development potential in least developed countries?

To help meet the investment needs of the future, foreign direct investment (FDI) flows have to increase substantially.

June 25, 2019 - Marianne Musumeci, Kaori Miyamoto

Strengthening the gender dimension of aid for trade in the least developed countries

Aid for trade can support women’s economic empowerment, which is key to sustainable development.

June 19, 2019 - Dan Ciuriak, Maria Ptashkina

A strategy to leverage the digital transformation for development

The digital transformation provides developing economies new opportunities to leapfrog industrial age infrastructure, to draw on the vast knowledge spillovers from the internet, to take advantage of new markets offered by digital platforms and to exploit production possibilities enabled by digital technologies.

June 17, 2019 - Luisa Bernal, Daria Shatskova

For trade development, shifting from fragility to resilience

The relative importance of trade and the degree of export concentration are higher than average in fragile least developed countries (LDCs).

June 13, 2019 - Aussama Bejraoui, Frans Lammersen, Justine Lan

Aid for trade, economic diversification and empowerment in the least developed countries

Economic diversification and empowerment are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; they also embody the rationale behind the Aid for Trade Initiative.

June 11, 2019 - David Luke, Heini Suominen

The African Continental Free Trade Area: Dawn of a new era

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will transform the way Africa trades, with intra-African trade expected to increase by 15-25 per cent, and the boost to trade in industrial goods accelerating diversification of Africa’s economies.

June 04, 2019 - Paul Brenton, Ian Gillson, Pierre Sauvé

Economic diversification: Why trade matters

Economic diversification is a key element of development in which a country moves to a more diverse production structure, scaling-up resilience to external shocks and providing a path for equitable growth.

May 29, 2019 - Alice Tipping, Tristan Irschlinger

Fisheries subsidies negotiations: What is at stake for least developed countries?

Fisheries are a crucial source of animal protein, livelihoods and export earnings for many developing countries, including several least developed countries.

May 14, 2019 - Lisa Cornish

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

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

April 23, 2019 - Daria Shatskova, Deanna Ramsay

For LDC exporters and EU importers, getting back to origins

Digital system set to streamline procedures for trade from LDCs to the EU

March 08, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Over 10 years, working with and for trade development in LDCs

Addressing trade in its many forms, EIF partnership creating sustainable impacts

February 20, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Aiming for major trade outcomes, EIF launches Strategic Plan 2019-2022

Aligned with the Global Goals, plan has elevated efforts and new targets

October 29, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

EIF's 2017 Annual Report

The results of the Enhanced Integrated Framework in 2017

October 26, 2018 - Sainabou Taal

In fast-evolving trade landscape, addressing the structural challenges

WTO’s Aid for Trade programme putting a spotlight on LDCs

October 03, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Information on new product requirements for LDCs – now direct to your inbox

ePing platform helping countries keep track of assorted requirements, transforming communication and comment

October 03, 2018 - Frans Lammersen, Aussama Bejraoui

What’s going on with Aid for Trade in the Least Developed Countries

Funding for aid for trade in LDCs is increasing – find out how much, from who, and where investments are going

September 17, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Minding the gaps between field and marketplace

Strategic alliances and alignments are key to making trade in agriculture work, for all

September 12, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Exploring the agriculture and trade nexus in Africa

A multimedia collection from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

September 12, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Agriculture and Trade Magazine

In some of the most impoverished countries in the world, agriculture is the backbone of the economy

August 08, 2018 - Justine Namara, Deanna Ramsay

Making ecommerce connections in the Pacific

Geographical barriers, including isolation from main markets, have resulted in issues for Vanuatu to access international networks and grow its businesses

August 06, 2018 -

Taking trade online

What do a mountainous landlocked country, a post-war African nation, and three small island developing states have in common?

July 19, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Infographic: Vanuatu eTrade Readiness Assessment

The Government has shown a strong interest in adopting economic and social policies that can facilitate the development of the Internet economy, of which e-commerce is one segment. Unlocking its potential will also reduce distance to markets, reduce “sealockedness” and enable Vanuatu to leapfrog certain barriers associated with physical trade

July 19, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Infographic: Solomon Islands eTrade Readiness Assessment

The current low use of ecommerce in Solomon Islands belies significant potential for the sector to grow swiftly and make economic and socioeconomic contributions to the country

June 08, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic, Mbaye Ndiaye

Study provides roadmap for Mauritania’s diversification

A study published two years ago — the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) update — has helped to push forward the Islamic Republic of Mauritania’s reform agenda, by providing a roadmap for how the small African and Arab country can strategically diversify its exports to grow its wealth and reduce poverty

June 07, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Women & Trade Magazine

In this issue: "Samoa's coconuts go global," "Taking female-led businesses from local to global," and "Women at the helm of Senegal's mango industry"

May 14, 2018 - Elena Immambocus

Driving safe trade solutions worldwide

A new book on sanitary and phytosanitary gaps from the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) highlights ways to support farmers, processors, traders and governments in developing countries to access global markets

April 25, 2018 - WTO

WTO reports improved notification of preferential rules of origin for Least Developed Countries

Those countries granting preferences to LDC imports often condition the benefits on the imports meeting minimum "LDC content" as set out under their rules of origin schemes

April 18, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Five things to know about Least Developed Countries and ecommerce

New tech uses present challenges – and a host of opportunities – for the world’s poorest countries 

April 09, 2018 - Lynsey Grosfield

Intra-African trade gets streamlined: What does this mean for Least Developed Countries?

Forty-four African countries have signed on to an African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), twenty-eight of which are among the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

March 09, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

New market creating fresh connections in Lesotho

Just-launched facility offers state-of-the-art services, and promises to boost business

March 08, 2018 - Stacy Corneau

Six key factors in formalizing artisanal and small-scale mining

Working in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)—informal mining activities carried out using minimal technology or machinery—provides livelihoods for millions of people

March 03, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

Changes needed to Tanzania’s business environment, study says

A new study for Tanzania — the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) update — highlights opportunities for developing and improving trade opportunities for Tanzanian businesses and investors.

February 21, 2018 - Sainabou Taal

Small country, big future: A Trade Policy Review of The Gambia, at-a-glance

The WTO's Trade Policy Review of The Gambia, taking place within the first year of the new administration, was an opportune time to reflect on the state of the economy and deliberate on the type of policies and actions that could help the country better participate in global trade

February 17, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade for Development News: Launch Edition

Download the first print edition of Trade for Development News!

February 13, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

Righting a raw deal for Burkina Faso’s cashew processors

Burkina Faso's cashew sector has been re-made, as a matter of national priority.

January 24, 2018 - UNCTAD

Benin cassava flour makers seek Geographical Indication

Two dozen Beninese women making a unique type of garri flour sign up to a new code of practice to better market their product and boost incomes

January 23, 2018 - ITC News

Comorian vanilla and clove exporters secure financing with ITC help

Project strengthens value chains of vanilla, clove and ylang ylang in the Union of the Comoros Originally posted at ITC News

January 19, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

Coordinating on trade in Vanuatu

On 29 May 2012 Willie Luen was preparing to emcee one of the most important meetings of his life. He remembers that the room — a hotel conference room in Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu — was so packed with people that the windows were starting to fog up.

November 10, 2017 - UNCTAD

Samoa takes important steps to becoming ecommerce ready

The Pacific Island nation of Samoa has made considerable progress in recent years in getting businesses and consumers online but still faces challenges before being fully ready to benefit from e-commerce, an UNCTAD and EIF assessment of the country says.

December 21, 2016 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade and promoting equal gender opportunities and empowering women and girls

Meet a young woman from Cambodia who received silk production training through an EIF project

February 24, 2016 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Public and private partners, donors and international agencies agree on a roadmap for Ethiopia's stronger integration into global trade

Representatives of the national Government, public and private institutions, donors and international organizations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 23 to 24 February 2016 for a two‑day workshop to discuss the results of the Update of the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) for Ethiopia and validate the priority actions to address opportunities and constraints for Ethiopia's better integration into the global trading system.

December 20, 2015 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade and eco-friendly business solutions

Developing eco-friendly business solutions for rural households

November 17, 2015 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade and services, rehabilitation and promoting cultural heritages

Contributing to the reconstruction of communities after a natural disaster

November 17, 2015 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Fighting to maintain ecosystem balance and halt the advancing Sahara desert

Oumar is one of the 370,500 people in Mali producing gum arabic, among which 80% (296,400) are women.

November 17, 2015 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade, building sustainable livelihoods, fostering greater competition and managing water conservation

Chandra and her 25 colleagues from her women's association take a break from the day's farming business to hold a meeting on their ginger business prospects and the stiff market competition they face with India's value-added ginger.

May 22, 2014 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Madagascar Prime Minister asks EIF to boost Madagascar's trading future

In a meeting held at the World Trade Organization (WTO), H.E. Mr Christophe Roger Kolo, Prime Minister, signalled Madagascar's readiness to re-engage with the multilateral trading system with support from the WTO, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and development partners.

March 06, 2014 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Improved trade policies in fish sectors could address gender inequalities

New UNCTAD-EIF study of the fisheries sector in The Gambia shows trade policies have to be inclusive if they are to reduce poverty

December 10, 2010 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Communiqué - EIF, Central and West Africa, and Haiti Regional Workshop

Aid for Trade

The regional workshop hosted by the Government of Mali in Bamako marks a step forward in the delivery of the EIF trade and development programme in the region.