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said that the 2008 reviews would be “more focused, technical and
results-oriented, with the aim of assisting in advancing — and then
monitoring — the implementation of concrete national and especially
He stressed that “empowering developing
countries is what this initiative is all about”. He pointed to “very
encouraging signs that countries are increasingly motivated to take
The Director-General underlined the
importance of finding ways to measure the impact of Aid for Trade.
He called for more cooperation with the OECD and the World Bank in
developing a basket of performance indicators to help assess trade
capacity in developing countries.
At the meeting, the European Union, China,
the United States, Norway, Japan, Benin, Canada and Egypt expressed
support for the proposed roadmap.
The Director-General thanked members for
giving the green light to the 2008 roadmap. He also thanked China
for announcing at the meeting a new $200,000 contribution to Aid for
Trade, noting this will help build further South-South cooperation
in this field.
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