4 ways to empower women in the world's poorest countriesWomen and trade
Women could have a big impact on struggling economies, with studies showing improved gender parity goes hand-in-hand with greater growth. Yet least developed countries (LDCs) face considerable hurdles in improving women’s lives and realizing these benefits.
Three trade challenges for least developed countries to converge and eradicate povertyGlobal Review 2019
The current trading environment is inadequately supportive to contribute to growth, boost incomes, create jobs through new market access opportunities and reduce poverty.
How can foreign direct investment fulfil its development potential in least developed countries?Global Review 2019
To help meet the investment needs of the future, foreign direct investment (FDI) flows have to increase substantially.
Strengthening the gender dimension of aid for trade in the least developed countriesGlobal Review 2019
Aid for trade can support women’s economic empowerment, which is key to sustainable development.
A strategy to leverage the digital transformation for developmentGlobal Review 2019
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.
For trade development, shifting from fragility to resilienceGlobal Review 2019
The relative importance of trade and the degree of export concentration are higher than average in fragile least developed countries (LDCs).
Aid for trade, economic diversification and empowerment in the least developed countriesGlobal Review 2019
Economic diversification and empowerment are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; they also embody the rationale behind the Aid for Trade Initiative.
The African Continental Free Trade Area: Dawn of a new eraGlobal Review 2019
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.
Economic diversification: Why trade mattersGlobal Review 2019
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.
Fisheries subsidies negotiations: What is at stake for least developed countries?Global Review 2019
Fisheries are a crucial source of animal protein, livelihoods and export earnings for many developing countries, including several least developed countries.
Tentative steps to implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement in least developed countriesGlobal Review 2019
Agreement provides least developed countries with novel provisions, with consultation needs taking centre stage
Information on new product requirements for LDCs – now direct to your inboxTrade facilitation
ePing platform helping countries keep track of assorted requirements, transforming communication and comment
What’s going on with Aid for Trade in the Least Developed CountriesAid for Trade
Funding for aid for trade in LDCs is increasing – find out how much, from who, and where investments are going
Infographic: Vanuatu eTrade Readiness AssessmentEcommerce
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
Infographic: Solomon Islands eTrade Readiness AssessmentEcommerce
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
Study provides roadmap for Mauritania’s diversificationTrade policy
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
Driving safe trade solutions worldwideAgriculture
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
WTO reports improved notification of preferential rules of origin for Least Developed CountriesTrade policy
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
Five things to know about Least Developed Countries and ecommerceEcommerce
New tech uses present challenges – and a host of opportunities – for the world’s poorest countries
Intra-African trade gets streamlined: What does this mean for Least Developed Countries?Trade policy
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)
Six key factors in formalizing artisanal and small-scale miningEnvironment
Working in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)—informal mining activities carried out using minimal technology or machinery—provides livelihoods for millions of people
Changes needed to Tanzania’s business environment, study saysTrade policy
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.
Small country, big future: A Trade Policy Review of The Gambia, at-a-glanceAid for Trade
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
Benin cassava flour makers seek Geographical IndicationAgriculture
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
Comorian vanilla and clove exporters secure financing with ITC helpAgriculture
Project strengthens value chains of vanilla, clove and ylang ylang in the Union of the Comoros Originally posted at ITC News
Coordinating on trade in VanuatuAid for Trade
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.
Samoa takes important steps to becoming ecommerce readyEcommerce
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.
Cambodia: Trade and promoting equal gender opportunities and empowering women and girlsWomen and trade
“My hopes are that in the future, if I can just get support from buyers who order the silk, I will be happy.”
Public and private partners, donors and international agencies agree on a roadmap for Ethiopia's stronger integration into global tradeTrade policy
Addis Ababa, 24 February 2016
Zambia: Trade and eco-friendly business solutionsEnvironment
Laystone, one of Zambia's many local beekeepers, is enthusiastic about the benefits of beekeeping to his livelihood and community. With up to twelve 20-liter buckets per month, his honey harvesting seasons have become very profitable.
Nepal: Trade, building sustainable livelihoods, fostering greater competition and managing water conservationAgriculture
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.
Mali: Fighting to maintain ecosystem balance and halt the advancing Sahara desertEnvironment
Oumar isone of the 370,500 people in Mali producing gum arabic, among which 80% (296,400) are women.
Madagascar Prime Minister asks EIF to boost Madagascar's trading futureAid for Trade
Madagascar Prime Minister asks EIF to boost Madagascar's trading future 22 May 2014
Improved trade policies in fish sectors could address gender inequalitiesWomen and trade
New UNCTAD-EIF study of the fisheries sector in The Gambia shows trade policies have to be inclusive if they are to reduce poverty.
COMMUNIQUÉ - EIF Central and West Africa and Haiti Regional WorkshopAid for Trade
COMMUNIQUÉ Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Central and West Africa and Haiti Regional Workshop Bamako, Mali, 8‐10 December 2010