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Aid-for-Trade Webinar “Implications of LDC graduation for Aid for Trade”

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the development prospects of least developed countries (LDCs). Painstakingly achieved socio-economic progress evidenced by historic progress towards LDC graduation is at serious risk of setback. The eleven LDCs on the path to graduation from the LDC status are experiencing unavoidable declines in economic growth threatening their hard-won development gains. Among the international support measures for LDCs, the area of development cooperation has been examined in the context of the EIF-WTO Project on LDC Graduation.

Virtual (Zoom)
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The international community has come forward with concrete initiatives to cushion the impact of the pandemic. Both bilateral donors as well as multilateral development banks and financial institutions have taken specific initiatives to help poorest countries, including graduating LDCs, to fight the pandemic. At the same time, graduating governments are putting in place stimulus packages to support economic recovery, help export-oriented industries and provide social safety nets.

As part of the Aid-for-Trade Work Programme, the webinar will discuss the implications of LDC graduation for Aid for Trade, the pressing challenges that COVID-19 presents for graduating LDCs, and the role of development partners in supporting the efforts of graduating LDCs in building resilience both during the pandemic time and in ensuring smooth transition.


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Moderator: Monique Van Daalen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Session 1: Setting the Scene

  • Margarida Rosa Da Silva Izata, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the WTO, Angola
  • Daniel Gay, Advisor on trade and development, Consultant to United Nations Committee for Development Policy
  • Olivier Cattaneo, Head, Policy Analysis and Strategy Unit, Development Co operation Directorate, OECD

Question and answer session


Session 2: Practice perspectives


  • Song Wei, Deputy Director of the International Development Cooperation Institute, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation
  • CÚcile Billaux, Head of Unit Micro-economic Analysis, Investment Climate, Private Sector, Trade and Employment, Directorate-General International Partnerships, European Commission
  • Debapriya Bhattacharya, Member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy

Question and answer session



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