28 November 2012

Launch of Aid-for-Trade monitoring exercise for the private sector

The Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade, “Connecting to Value Chains”, will be held at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva from 8-10 July 2013. Underpinning the Global Review is a monitoring exercise, based on self-assessment questionnaires to which members, Observer Governments and Observer Organizations have been invited to respond. This global monitoring exercise was launched on 26 October 2012.

A complementary monitoring exercise addressed to the private sector and, more particularly, to companies engaged in five sector-specific value chains (agri-food, information and communication technology, textiles and apparel, tourism, and transport and logistics) has also been launched.  The aim of the survey is to collect views on (i) the barriers that are holding back firms in some developing countries from entering value chains; (ii) actions which would help firms enter, move up and/or establish value chains; and (iii) initiatives with which companies may be already engaged in to address these constraints.

An analysis of the responses to the private sector questionnaire will be prepared for discussion at the Fourth Global Review.

To learn more, click here to view a video message from WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy: 

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To complete the private sector questionnaire, click here

Responses to the survey questionnaire should be submitted by 31 January 2013.