News back to top
Global Review of Aid for Trade
The purpose of the Global Review is to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of Aid for Trade to provide a strong incentive to both donors and recipients for advancing the Aid for Trade agenda.
> Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade: “connecting to value chains” 8-10 July 2013
Aid-for-Trade Work Programme 2012-2013 back to top
The Aid-for-Trade Work Programme 2012-2013, issued on 15 November 2011, is based on the theme “deepening coherence” and focuses on five key areas: resource mobilization, mainstreaming of trade into development plans and programmes, regional trade integration, private sector development, and monitoring and evaluation of Aid for Trade. The Work Programme aims to promote deeper coherence and an on-going focus on Aid for Trade among the trade and development community, notably on showing results, which will generate continued impetus to the implementation process. It includes a calendar of meetings, culminating in a Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade envisaged for 2013. This calendar will be regularly updated to provide information on progress achieved in the various areas of the Aid for Trade Initiative.
Role of the WTO back to top
The role of the WTO is to:
encourage additional flows of Aid for Trade from bilateral, regional and
multilateral donors to
support requests for trade-related capacity building from
support improved ways of monitoring and evaluating the initiative.
encourage mainstreaming of trade into national development
strategies by partner countries.
The Enhanced Integrated Framework is
the main mechanism through which least-developed countries access
Aid for Trade.
Standards and Trade Development Facility maintains close
contacts with the Aid for Trade initiative. It complements this
global scheme through projects and monitoring of aid flows at an
operational, issue-specific level.
> Fact sheet on Aid for Trade
Presentation — Aid for Trade: why, what and how?
The Aid for Trade initiative was launched at the
Ministerial Conference in December 2005. In February 2006 the WTO
Task Force, with the aim of
“operationalizing” Aid for
The Task Force recommended in July 2006 that Aid for Trade should
focus on identifying the needs within recipient countries,
responding to donors and acting as a bridge between donors and
developing countries. It also recommended the establishment of a
monitoring body in the WTO, which would undertake a periodic global
review based on reports from a variety of stakeholders.
Working in cooperation back to top
The WTO works in cooperation with an Advisory Group that the
Director-General established in 2007 following the recommendations
of the 2006 Aid-for-Trade Task Force. The main objective of the
Advisory Group is to take forward the Task Force recommendations by
encouraging coordination among the key players in the Aid for Trade
initiative. The Advisory Group members are: the
Asian Development Bank,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,
Inter-American Development Bank,
World Bank and the World Customs Organization.
Implementation/monitoring back to top
In 2007 the WTO's Aid for Trade initiative moved into its first
stage of implementing the 2006 recommendations of the Aid for Trade
The WTO started by establishing a system of monitoring Aid for Trade
at three levels:
global monitoring of overall Aid for Trade flows, based on work
carried out by the OECD
monitoring the commitment of individual donors to provide
additional Aid for Trade
monitoring how the needs of developing countries for additional
Aid for Trade are being presented to, and met by, the international
donor community, including the development banks.
Indicators for Monitoring Aid for Trade was held
on 15-16 September 2008.
Regional reviews back to top
Working with its partner agencies, the WTO is also encouraging the
holding of a limited number of national and sub-regional
Aid-for-Trade reviews which will “road-test” current Aid-for-Trade
plans, identify priorities, and agree on how these plans and
priorities should be implemented. The aim of these reviews initially
was to raise awareness of Aid-for-Trade. More recently, the Regional
Reviews showcase “real-world” examples of Aid-for-Trade strategies
in progress and create incentives for other countries and
sub-regions to follow. The results of these regional reviews are
profiled in the Global Reviews on Aid-for-Trade.
> Regional Reviews 2009
> Regional Reviews 2007
Events back to top
Official documents on Aid for Trade back to top
Links to documents series: (WT/AFT/*)