02/07/2013 - Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present the joint OECD-WTO report Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013: Connecting to Value Chains during the opening session of the 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade at the WTO, in Geneva, on Monday 8 July, from 9:00 a.m.
The new OECD/WTO monitoring study assesses the tangible results of the Aid for Trade Initiative, including aid flows and the outlook for future funding. It also analyses the strategies, priorities, and programmes developed and developing countries are using to connect developing country suppliers to global value chains.
Requests for interviews (with Mr. Gurría in Geneva, or with the authors of the report) and advanced copies of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013: Connecting to Value Chains should be directed to Lawrence Speer (tel. +33 1 45 24 79 70) or the OECD Media Office (tel. +33 1 45 24 97 00).
OECD and WTO have recently published a range of complementary reports on the subject, including Aid for Trade in Action, Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework and five sectoral studies on Aid for Trade and Value Chains in agrifood, tourism, textiles and apparel, transport and logistics, and information and communication technology.
Further information on the OECD’s work on Aid for Trade is available at: http://www.oecd.org/development/aft/. Journalists are invited to include this Internet link in online coverage.