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.


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This policy series has been funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The views expressed in this publication are the author’s alone and are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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