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“We are moving from making trade possible to making trade happen,” said
Director-General Pascal Lamy. “With Aid for Trade, we have the tools to break
the shackles that have been holding back the trade potential of many poor
countries, such as substandard infrastructure, lack of modern technology and
“We want to ensure — from the very beginning — that developing countries can
take advantage of the new trading opportunities that will emerge from the Doha
Round,” he added.
The objectives of “Mobilizing Aid for Trade: A Global Review” are threefold:
Take stock of what’s happening: The global review weaves together various
inputs in the monitoring process, including a discussion on the results and
recommendations of the three regional reviews that took place recently, in Lima,
Peru for Latin America and the Caribbean; in Manila, Philippines for Asia and
the Pacific; and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for Africa.
Identify what should happen next: The meeting is expected to help develop
roadmaps for mainstreaming trade in national development strategies. For the
next steps, partner countries, donors and agencies will be encouraged to
identify key objectives and to discuss how these objectives can most effectively
Better monitoring and evaluation: The global review will also discuss
ways of better monitoring and evaluating progress by partner and donor
countries, including efforts to launch a work programme aimed at developing
qualitative targets for improving trade capacity.
The meeting will be preceded on 19 November by a technical workshop on
monitoring and evaluation aspects of Aid for Trade.
The global review will start on 20 November with a summary and report by Mr.
Lamy and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
In the following session, heads of key international agencies and regional banks
are expected to outline their respective organization’s vision, priorities and
plans for Aid for Trade. These are: Mr. Robert Zoellick, President of the World
Bank; Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF; Mr. Kemal Dervis,
Administrator of the UNDP; Mr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African
Development Bank; Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American
Development Bank; and Mr. Rajat Nag, Managing Director General of the Asian
Development Bank. Heads of other international organisations with a relevant
role in Aid for Trade such as Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi of UNCTAD; Mr. Juan
Somavia, Director General of the ILO; Mr. Edouard Dayan, Director of the
Universal Postal Union; Ms Patricia Francis, Executive Director of the ITC; Mr.
Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the UNECA; and Mr. Kandeh Yumkella,
Director-General of UNIDO are also expected to present their views.
Similar inputs are expected from bilateral donors, including China, the European
Union and member states, Japan and the United States.
The dialogue among partner countries, donors and agencies will continue in three
regional sessions that will focus on developing roadmaps for, respectively,
Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa. In these
sessions, the relevant regional development bank will provide an initial summary
of the three regional reviews and its recommendations.
The global review will conclude on 21 November when the WTO General Council
holds its first annual debate on Aid for Trade. This meeting will give WTO
members an opportunity to discuss the results of the WTO monitoring process, and
provide political guidance on future directions of the initiative.
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