The competitiveness and development programme at ICTSD promotes an innovative and comprehensive approach to the relationship between trade liberalization and the achievement of sustainable development goals. It aims to construct a supportive link between trade rule-making and supply-side competitiveness policies, including promoting innovation, enhancing small and medium enterprises, and identifying potential trade-based solutions to structural constraints. The programme’s overall goal is to empower developing countries to influence trade negotiations from a sustainable development perspective and reap tangible development benefits from trade liberalization.