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


The Aid-for-Trade at a Glance publication is underpinned by a monitoring and evaluation exercise. The exercise was launched by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría in October 2014 to survey how trade costs affect developing countries' competitiveness, what is being done to address this issue, and how Aid for Trade can help reduce trade costs and the associated impacts to deliver inclusive, sustainable growth.

The survey consisted of a series of self-assessment questionnaires and a request to submit case story experiences which were circulated to WTO members, observers, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The information harvested from the responses has been analysed in the Aid-for-Trade at a Glance publication.

The OECD and WTO organised a joint workshop on 28 May 2015 to preview the latest Aid for Trade at a Glance publication on the theme of "Reducing Trade Costs for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth". Listen here to the presentations from the authors. 


Overview of the M&E exercise and why trade costs matter

Michael Roberts, Aid-for-Trade Coordinator, Development Division, WTO

Presentation -- Audio

Trade Costs and Trade Growth

The influence of trade costs and trade facilitation on connecting to global an dregional value chains

Julien Gourdon, Trade Policy Analyst, Development Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Presentation -- Audio

How to reduce trade costs for the LDCs

Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, EIF

Presentation -- Audio

How are trade costs evolving and why?

Marcus Bartley Johns, Trade and Competitiveness Specialist, WBG

Presentation -- Audio

Aid for Trade and reducing trade costs

How Aid for Trade can reduce trade costs for SMEs

Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, ITC

Presentation -- Audio

The business perspective on boosting trade and investment

Sean Doherty, Director, International Trade and Investement, WEF

Presentation -- Audio 

Where next for Aid-for-Trade action to reduce trade costs

What are Aid-for-Trade priorities, policies and programmes and how can donors work better with the private sector? 

Frans Lammersen, Principal Administrator, Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD

Presentation -- Audio

Implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Sheri Rosenow, Counsellor,  Trade Facilitation Section, Market Access Division, WTO

Presentation -- Audio

Trade, Aid for Trade and the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda

Miho Shirotori, Chief, Global and Regional Trade Analysis Section, Trade Analysis Branch/Division on International Trade, UNCTAD




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