This edition of Aid for Trade at a Glance focuses on trade connectivity, which is critical for economic growth, inclusiveness and sustainable development. Physical connectivity enables the movement of goods and services to local, regional and global markets. It is closely intertwined with digital connectivity which is vital in today’s trade environment. Yet, the Internet remains inaccessible for 3.9 billion people globally, many of whom live in the least developed countries.
This report builds on the analysis of trade costs and extends it into the digital domain, reflecting the changing nature of trade. It seeks to identify ways to support developing countries – and notably the least developed – in realising the gains from trade. It reviews action being taken by a broad range of stakeholders to promote connectivity for sustainable development, including by governments, their development partners and by the private sector. One message that emerges strongly is that participation in e-commerce requires much more than a simple internet connection.
Chapters were prepared by the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Business for eTrade Development.
|Foreword and acknowledgements|
|Acronyms and abbreviations|
|Overview: promoting trade, inclusiveness and connectivity for sustainable development|
|Setting the scene|
|Digital connectivity and trade logistics - getting goods shipped, across the border and delivered|
|Services trade policies and their contribution to connectivity and development|
|Spanning the internet divide to drive development|
|Improving the E-Trade environment|
|Harnessing E-Commerce for sustainable development|
|Closing the small-business and gender gap to make trade more inclusive|
|Promoting trade inclusion in the least developed countries through connectivity|
|Public-private priorities for aid for trade in the digital era|
|Financing connectivity: aid for trade priorities, policies and programmes|
|Aid for inclusive trade and poverty reduction|
Aid-for-trade country profiles65 chapters available
Annexes5 chapters available
LAUNCH OF AID AT a GLANCE 2017
Global Review 2017 of Aid for Trade, “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity For Sustainable Development”, was held at the WTO in Geneva from 11 to 13 July 2017. Underpinning the Review was a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) exercise to survey Aid-for-Trade priorities and how these have changed for developing countries.
This year, the review took digital connectivity as its starting point. Emphasis was given to how e-commerce and digital trade are transforming the possibilities for connecting countries to international markets. The joint OECD-WTO publication Aid for Trade at a Glance 2017 was launched during the opening session of Global Review on 11th of July.
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