ICTSD is organising and partnering in three events at the Aid for Trade Global Review held at the WTO in Geneva from 11 to 13 July 2017. The theme of the biennial review is “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development,” a leitmotif that ICTSD has been championing for many years.

In addition, ICTSD will be hosting a booth located in the CR lobby for the duration of the review, with a selection of publications and Bridges periodicals on display, including a special edition of Bridges Africa and Passerelles on aid for trade. Staff will be available at the booth to answer any questions you may have regarding ICTSD publications and events. Bridges reporters will also be at the event covering select developments emerging from the discussions.

Side Events

Cogs - clicks need bricksTuesday 11 July 2017

Clicks Need Bricks: Promoting Trade Though Quality Infrastructure
Organised by Germany, WBG, UNCTAD, ICTSD
11:30 – 13:00 Room D

While IT and connectivity—"clicks"—offer great trade potential, basic quality infrastructure—"bricks"—is still essential to market access. The event will discuss solutions adapted to the specific needs of countries that may not always call for the establishment and maintenance of full-fledged quality infrastructure. It will present existing offers of technical assistance for infrastructure within the framework of the Aid for Trade Initiative and highlight the options and possibilities for countries looking to lay the necessary “bricks” for trade.

Globe with interconnected lines

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Aid for Digital trade: Needs and Responses
Organised by Kenya, ICTSD
14:00 – 15:00 Room S1

The session will examine the current and future business dynamics around digital trade and e-commerce in Southern Africa, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Panellists will discuss the policy environment (including various national, regional, and multilateral efforts and approaches), and layout policy and regulatory recommendations to enhance digital trade.

Plant sprouting out of a pile of coinsWednesday 12 July 2017

Promoting Inclusive Economic Transformation Through GVC Participation: The Role of Aid for Trade and Private Sustainability Standards
Organised by Lesotho, ICTSD
16:30 – 18:00 Room E

Speakers at this event will discuss how the Aid for Trade Initiative could be leveraged to help developing countries participate more effectively in global value chains and link this participation to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. The session will include discussions on facilitating compliance with the growing number of private sustainability standards in value chains and, more broadly, explore the extent to which regulations and standards can affect sustainable development outcomes for developing countries in the context of value chains.