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International Trade Forum, No. 2, 2009

Aid for Trade - Investing in People

  • Author: ITC
  • Publication date: November 2009
  • Page count: 34
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: EIT209SUBSC

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The International Trade Forum is a quarterly magazine published by the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO. The magazine focuses on trade promotion, export development and import methods, as part of its technical cooperation programme with developing countries and economies in transition. The Second Global Aid for Trade Review hosted by the WTO in early July revealed areas of consensus on the way forward. One after the other, heads of international organizations called for moving on to the implementation phase, resisting protectionism, more trade finance, a stronger role for the private sector and completing the Doha round. Strengthening the regional dimension of Aid for Trade, encouraging country ownership and better impact evaluation were also high on the agenda. “If Aid for Trade was urgent in 2007, it is essential today – it is the investment that will allow many developing countries prepare to exit the crisis by enhancing their trade capacity,” stated WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy at the event. We believe in the importance of Aid for Trade in creating positive change within countries. It is our responsibility to translate the broader trade imperatives into reality for the private sector on the ground and to ensure that this brings benefits to those who need them most.