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The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) exercise aims to collect essential information on national Aid for Trade priorities and on the role of the Aid for Trade initiative in supporting economic diversification and empowerment of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, youth and women across the world. This exercise feeds into the 2019 Aid for Trade Global Review, which will take place at the WTO from 3 to 5 July 2019 under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade”.

The self-assessment questionnaires underpinning the M&E exercise can be submitted by WTO members and Aid for Trade partners, including bilateral and multilateral agencies and regional economic communities. Background information on the monitoring exercise is available here.

Information for the questionnaires is to be collected from national authorities and private sector associations and should be submitted via an electronic form no later than 31 December 2018. More information is available at http://www.wto.org/aftmonitoring.

At the Committee meeting, WTO members shared national experiences to deepen each other's understanding of how trade can support industrialization, economic diversification, youth and women's economic empowerment.

In the margins of the meeting, two workshops discussed key aspects of the Aid for Trade Work Programme 2018-2019, which aims to help developing countries – particularly least-developed countries (LDCs) – build the supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure they need to better implement and benefit from WTO agreements and to expand their trade.

The first workshop, entitled "Industrialization, Economic Diversification and Structural Transformation," highlighted global trends in economic diversification and industrialization. The WTO Secretariat provided an overview of trends in economic diversification in terms of merchandise goods over the period 1994-2014.  The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) focused on policy issues while Guatemala, the African Group, the WTO group of LDCs and Ethiopia provided national and regional perspectives.

The second workshop, entitled "Economic Diversification and Empowerment with a focus on Youth and Women," presented various empowerment programmes, initiatives and policies implemented at the international and regional levels by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNCTAD, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Food Agricultural Organization (FAO). WTO members including the Philippines and Jamaica presented how they are mainstreaming women's economic empowerment into trade and economic policy.




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