Aid for Trade

September 23, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Isatou Touray: On getting good data, shaping gender-responsive policies and unleashing women in business

On the sidelines of the Aid for Trade Global Review 2019, The Gambia’s Vice President discusses the potential of women in trade

August 22, 2019 - Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, Ratnakar Adhikari

Aid for trade must focus on the poorest, most fragile countries

In the last two decades, the international community has banded together many times to strategize a way forward that will bring peace, prosperity, and sustainable development for all.

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?"

July 03, 2019 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Amid slowing global growth, six countries announce nearly US$13 million to support trade in the world’s poorest countries

GENEVA – 3 JULY 2019 – The world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs) are home to more than one billion people. Yet, their collective share of global trade is less than one percent.

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 06, 2019 - Cornelius Gregg, Bolormaa Tumurchudur Klok, Milagros Lazo Castro

In Malawi, bolstering youth and women’s employment through sectoral skills strategies

Skills strategies can provide a bridging mechanism to enable disadvantaged groups such as youth and women to gain from international trade.

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 23, 2019 - Fabrice Lehmann

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

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

May 16, 2019 -

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

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

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

May 07, 2019 - Lynsey Grosfield

Ambassador Morten Jespersen: On making trade work for LDCs, now

The EIF Steering Committee Chair talks contemporary trade challenges and using resources the right way

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

February 20, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Annette Ssemuwemba: What’s hot, what’s new in EIF’s fresh strategy

EIF’s Deputy Executive Director discusses EIF’s just-launched Strategic Plan 2019-2022 and leaving no LDC behind

October 29, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

EIF's 2017 Annual Report

The results of the Enhanced Integrated Framework in 2017

October 29, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

High-level panel calls for integration of fragile states into the global economy

A high-level panel at this year’s Public Forum examined the link between peace and trade, focusing on the opportunities and challenges that conflict-affected states face in developing their capacities to trade

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 - 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 21, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

EIF @ WTO Public Forum 2018

The EIF will be participating in a variety of activities at the WTO Public Forum, 2-4 October

August 18, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Improving agriculture, enriching trade, transforming lives

When agriculture and trade align, change happens for incomes and economies

August 10, 2018 - Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang, Yonov Frederick Agah

Don't shut trade down, make it truly inclusive

Why we must stand behind the rules-based global trading system now, more than ever

August 10, 2018 -

Video address of Director-General Roberto Azevêdo to participants of the EIF Global Forum

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo's welcome message to participants at the Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

August 10, 2018 - Lisa Cornish

Using trade as a tool for development

Improving economic opportunities and prospects for the world’s least developed countries remains a key global challenge

August 08, 2018 -

#trade4dev and EIF

EIF is the only multilateral partnership working to support trade for development in the world's poorest countries. Check out how we are doing this, on the ground, with our partners, together with governments, always for development, always for the Least Developed Countries.

July 31, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Outcome statement: The Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs

The Forum, which was held from 13 to 14 June 2018 at the World Trade Organization (WTO), fostered practical solutions, offered results-oriented theoretical discussions, presented on-the-ground successes, and supported an innovative call to ramp up actions on inclusive trade for LDCs

July 23, 2018 -

Continuing the conversation on inclusive trade for Least Developed Countries

The closing ceremony echoed the Call to Action launched at the Forum, taking inclusive trade for LDCs to the next level

July 13, 2018 - Ratnakar Adhikari

Strategic partnership for trade development: The EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Often, the Pacific seems very far. With these new partnerships, we are cutting the distance to ensure that trade-led development brings tangible benefits to the people in the Pacific, including women and youth.

July 09, 2018 -

Forging new paths for LDCs in multilateral and regional trade

This plenary session gathered ministerial-level officials from LDCs and high-level speakers to discuss the integration of LDCs into regional and global trading systems amid economic and political risk and uncertainty

July 05, 2018 -

Minding the trade gap: What lies ahead for Least Developed Countries

In the last two decades, there has been a boom in world trade driven by large reductions in trade barriers and unprecedented interlinkages among countries, and South-South trade has grown. Yet the world's poorest nations, designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs), engage in less than 1% of global trade while home to 13% of the world’s population

July 05, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic, Violeta Gonzalez

World’s poorest nations take lead on trade

For the first time, an alliance of African countries have called for targeted action to strengthen the trade capacity of the world’s poorest countries and enhance their position in global and regional markets

July 03, 2018 - ICTSD

Five questions to Least Developed Country governments about inclusive trade

Bridges Africa and Passerelles discussed trade and sustainable development with Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, Vice President of The Gambia, Kamrang Tekreth, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia, and Hassan Come, Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Central African Republic (CAR)

June 15, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade among Least Developed Countries set to be boosted following historic WTO collaboration

Least Developed Countries are set to benefit from an agreement that unites the work of the Commonwealth and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to boost commerce

June 14, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Inclusive trade action for LDCs needed now, say LDC representatives

Their Call to Action affirms the role of trade as an engine for sustainable growth, reinforces the importance of the multilateral trading system and commits to inclusive trade policies

June 14, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Call to Action: Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs

Call to Action - Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs from

June 06, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

EIF hosting forum on inclusive trade for Least Developed Countries

At the WTO from 13-14 June, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is convening its first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with representatives from more than 40 of the 51 LDCs and recent graduates coming together to act on trade

June 05, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Daniel Blockert: On fostering resilience, and lifting up women and small businesses in Least Developed Countries

Ahead of his departure from Geneva, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the WTO and EIF Steering Committee Chair Daniel Blockert speaks of key sectors for impact in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the importance of sustainable solutions

March 14, 2018 - Anoush der Boghossian

Making Aid for Trade work for women

Studies show benefits of a more inclusive economic model

March 01, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Launch of news portal to raise awareness of trade development in Least Developed Countries

The world’s 47 poorest countries are home to 13% of the global population, but account for only 1% of global trade. With the launch of a new portal entitled Trade for Development News, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is angling to provide a voice for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on their successes, challenges and ways forward in tackling a US$92.9 billion trade gap.

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 18, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Ratnakar Adhikari: Enhancing partnerships for better, more inclusive trade

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) face obstacles to improving their trade capacity, but there are opportunities on the horizon

February 17, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade for Development News: Launch Edition

Download the first print edition of Trade for Development 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 21, 2017 -

The EIF Story: A unique partnership for LDCs

Stakeholders from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) discuss the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) impact on trade and development in their respective countries.

July 26, 2017 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Placing Least Developed Countries at the helm of promoting effective trade for development

Aid for Trade Trade policy

Key insights from the event titled "The EIF: Championing Change Through Inclusive Trade," held on the side-lines of the Global Review of Aid for Trade at the World Trade Organization in Geneva from 11 to 13 July 2017.

July 07, 2017 - Axel Addy, Ratnakar Adhikari

Four ways Africa can achieve a manufacturing renaissance

Originally published on 7 July 2017 in the World Economic Forum Agenda

May 27, 2016 - Amb Joakim Reiter, Ratnakar Adhikari

Four ways the world’s least developed countries can improve trade

Originally published on 27 May 2016 in the World Economic Forum Agenda

October 12, 2015 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

WTO DG Azevêdo: Successful EIF pledging conference a "significant outcome" for Nairobi

In his opening remarks at the "Twenty years of supporting the integration of least developed countries into the multilateral trading system" event, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reminded WTO members of the importance that the EIF Pledging Conference for Phase Two of the EIF be a success.

October 07, 2014 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

The EIF partnership welcomes Somalia as its 50th beneficiary country

The Federal Republic of Somalia has become the 50th country to join the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), the only Aid for Trade programme entirely dedicated to LDCs and recently graduated countries.

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.

November 13, 2013 -

Trading stories

Aid for Trade

Trading Stories, the Book, accompanies the film series to show just how trade is about acting local to go global in eight of the poorest countries worldwide.

October 31, 2012 -

Norway contributes 19.5 million Kroner to build sustainable trade foundations in Least Developed Countries

Aid for Trade

Norway contributes 19.5 million Kroner to build sustainable trade foundations in Least Developed Countries 31 October 2012

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.

September 30, 2010 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Turkey gives US$1 million to help poorest countries trade out of poverty

Aid for Trade

The Republic of Turkey is supporting the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) by contributing US$1 million to help the world’s poorest countries make gains from global trade and provide a route out of poverty