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    Aid for Trade: Publications and Online Resources


    International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2009

    The publications and online resources in the column on the right present the outcomes of the Second Global Aid for Trade Review and showcase examples of Aid for Trade activities implemented at regional and country levels.

    Aid for Trade at a Glance 2009: Maintaining Momentum

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Aid for Trade monitoring report documents the success of the initiative to date. It examines trends and developments, and presents a comprehensive analysis of donor and partner country engagement. The report stresses that Aid for Trade is essential to help suppliers  from developing countries build capacity and penetrate global markets, and that it must remain an essential component of development assistance.

    See http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/aid4trade09_e.pdf

    Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: An Update

    The Asian Development Bank's report presents the Aid for Trade initiatives in Asia and the Pacific, highlighting the ongoing and evolving need for trade support to help the region overcome the global crisis and to bring lagging nations up to speed. For this to happen, it is imperative that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations maintain its openness, increase intraregional trade and invest in trade-related infrastructure and capacity to meet an eventual upswing in global demand.

    See http://aric.adb.org/aid-for-trade-asia

    Implementing Aid for Trade in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The joint Inter-American Development Bank and WTO report provides an overview of the Aid for Trade activities in the region and presents its work plan, the monitoring framework and a description of Aid for Trade flows to Latin American and Caribbean countries. It also highlights some of the key messages: the importance of country and regional ownership and of investing in both "soft" and "hard" trade infrastructure; building capacity to comply with international standards; and the need for South-South cooperation.


    WTO Aid for Trade Global Review online

    WTO's web page dedicated to the Second Global Aid for Trade Review features a wealth of information about the initiative, its implementation, results and success stories at regional and country levels and the necessary steps to move forward. The Global Aid for Trade Review focused on four key objectives: moving from commitment to implementation; mainstreaming trade in national and regional development strategies; sustaining aid flows during the global economic downturn; and assessing the effectiveness of Aid for Trade. In addition, links to the regional Aid for Trade events and key partners are provided on the web page


    ITC and Aid for Trade: The Role of Private Sector

    ITC's Aid for Trade web page highlights the importance of the role of the private sector in expanding trade opportunities for developing countries. Following the Second Global Aid for Trade Review, the web page features updated information about the role of the private sector in the Aid for Trade initiative and success stories demonstrating the importance of public-private partnerships in reducing poverty through trade. In addition, press releases, links to audio and video materials and reports from the regional reviews are also available online.