Reflections on Aid for Trade's contribution to sustainable development

Volume
4,
Number
5
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26 May 2015
26 May 2015
Ahead of the Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade that will take place at the WTO from 30 June to 2 July 2015, a renewed sense of urgency has emerged among Least Developed Countries (LDCs) regarding the benefits of Aid for Trade (AfT) for achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth. This...
26 May 2015
This article reviews some of the advantages of regional approaches towards reducing trade costs and achieving sustainable development objectives. In view of some of the tensions outlined, it argues that certain knowledge gaps should be addressed in view of inclusive sustainable development...
26 May 2015
While financing is a key element for the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, the need for political will is even more crucial. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) stands ready for implementation once it is ratified by two-thirds of WTO membership. A number of countries have...
26 May 2015
China has become a major player in providing Aid for Trade (AfT). However, Beijing's trade-related South-South cooperation is a mix of strengths and weaknesses. What makes China’s approach distinctive, and what are the avenues for collaboration with the OECD? Trade and investment are two central...
26 May 2015
Have Aid for Trade programmes helped African economies achieve structural change? This article finds that change has occurred in patterns of exports though it cannot credibly attributed to Aid for Trade, nor are there signs that AfT has helped switch employment from agriculture to industry. The...
26 May 2015
Case studies conducted on the ground in eight developing countries suggest that Aid for Trade is effective when the right conditions prevail. However, these conditions are often absent. The Aid for Trade initiative should refocus on building the institutional mechanisms that are critical to the...
26 May 2015
How can Aid for Trade be made more effective in helping Bangladesh overcome its trade constraints? An assessment on the basis of a common and independent methodology developed by the ICTSD and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) reveals that country ownership, donor...
26 May 2015
The US Senate passed legislation on 14 May to extend duty-free access to the US for Sub-Saharan African countries through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another decade. The US Senate passed legislation on 14 May to extend duty-free access to the US for Sub-Saharan African...
26 May 2015
How effective has the Aid for Trade Initiative been in Ghana and what are the limiting factors in its implementation? An assessment using the common and independent methodology developed by the ICTSD and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) shows that Aid-for-Trade is...
26 May 2015
AU finalises last steps before launch of TFTA next month The African Union Ministers of Trade (AMOT) meeting held from 8 – 15 May 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia marks the last step before the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) set for 10 June 2015 during the third Tripartite Summit in...
26 May 2015
Aquaculture: Opportunities and Challenges – E15 Initiative – May 2015 This paper focuses on aquaculture as one avenue to mitigate the threats to the world’s fisheries. Still, as a rapidly growing industry, there are unfortunately too many examples where the environmental carrying capacity is...