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Building a strong and sustainable trading future for LDCs: market entry and capacity building

What needs to be done to build a strong and sustainable trading future for least-developed countries (LDCs) in the next decade? The answer involves two complementary tracks: market openness and integration into the multilateral trading system; and market entry-related issues, involving trade-related capacity building, to help LDCs fully unlock the benefits of market openness. Enhanced market openness without the capacity to produce competitive and tradable goods and services will fail to produce higher economic growth.

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See also:
Building trade capacity
Enhanced Integrated Framework
Aid for Trade
Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries
Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

Fourth UN Conference on LDCs, 9-13 May 2011

This panel discussion, jointly organized by the WTO and the Executive Secretariat of the Enhanced Integrated Framework as part of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, focuses on market entry and capacity building for LDCs, Aid for Trade, the Enhanced Integrated Framework and the Standards and Trade Development Facility.

Chair: Deputy-Director General Mrs Valentine Rugwabiza, WTO

Panel discussants

  • H.E. Modibo Ibrahim Touré, Minister of Postal Services and New Technologies, representing the President of Mali at LDC-IV
  • H.E. M. Søren Pind, Minister for Development Co-operation of Denmark
  • H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak, Secretary of State in the Minister of Trade of Cambodia, and EIF Focal Point in Cambodia
  • Ambassador Maruping (Lesotho) in his capacity as Chair of the EIF Board
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Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries,
9-13 May, Istanbul

Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020

Corrections to the Istanbul Programme of Action

Istanbul Declaration



Harnessing trade for development in least-developed countries