The 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade, 30 June - 2 July 2015

On 30 June, OECD Secretary-General Gurría launched the Joint OECD/WTO flagship publication Aid for Trade at a Glance 2015: Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth at the Global Review at WTO.

Listen to the podcast below or read the speech


WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo opened the event

OECD SG Angel Gurria presenting Aid for Trade at a Glance 2015



This year's edition is published in collaboration with the Enhanced Integrated Framework, the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Bank Group, and the World Economic Forum. The publication looks at how further, concerted action to reduce trade costs would help contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Click below to see video message from
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

 ‌Video from EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade


Aid for Trade: Helping to end poverty and realise sustainable development, OECD Insights blog post by Secretary-General Angel Gurría.


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Joint ITC-OECD-WEF Side Event: Joining Forces to Reduce Trade Costs for Inclusive Sustainable Growth

This side event discussed how to strengthen the dialogue between the private and public sector and how private and public finance can best be used to promote private sector development. The panel was comprised of the private sector, representatives from partner countries, donor agencies, and providers of South-South trade- related co-operation. 

Listen to the audio:
M Jansen and B Killen at the side event 5th GF
Read the Programme



Aid for Trade helps developing countries, and particularly least developed countries, trade. Many developing countries face a range of supply-side and trade-related infrastructure obstacles which constrains their ability to engage in international trade.The Aid-for-Trade Initiative was launched at the 2005 Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Conference, and it aims to support developing countries’ access to markets by helping countries to articulate, communicate and mainstream their trade-related objectives and for donors to align with these.

The OECD and WTO have established an aid-for-trade monitoring framework to track progress in implementing the Aid-for-Trade Initiative.

Since the inception of the Aid for Trade initiative, five monitoring exercises have been undertaken, each with greater complexity and depth. At each Global Review event, the OECD and WTO issue a joint flagship report on “Aid for Trade at a Glance”:

1st Global Review of Aid for Trade" in 2007; “Maintaining Momentum” in 2009; “Showing Results” in 2011; “Connecting to Value Chains” in 2013.



Aid for Trade Facilitation Interactive Database

The interactive database provides information on donor countries' aid projects as reported to the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS). Users can search by country and year, download data, compare and see project descriptions. Read this flyer for more information (.pdf).


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Aid for Trade at a Glance Interactive Database

Use our Aid for Trade Interactive Database to view and compare trends, categories, breakdowns, and top ten donors and recipients. 

 Screenshot Aid for Trade at a Glance Interactive Database




Workshop on the 2015 Aid-for-Trade at a Glance Publication and Aid-for-Trade Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise

Joint Workshop on The 2015 edition of the Aid-for-Trade at a Glance publication, titled "Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth", was previewed at an OECD/WTO workshop on 28 May 2015. The joint OECD-WTO publication is, for the first time, being prepared in collaboration with the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The publication will be officially launched by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría at the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade on 30 June. 

You can follow and listen to the presentations from the contributors here.


The 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade "Connecting to Value Chains" took place in 2013. The theme of the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade was discussed from the perspective of joining and adding value within the network of production chains.  Another key topic for debate was the development benefits of participation in value chains, notably in the context of the on-going deliberations about the post-2015 development agenda.

Read more here.


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