Aid for Trade: Global and Regional Perspectives: 2007 World by Philippe De Lombaerde, Lakshmi Puri (eds.)

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By Philippe De Lombaerde, Lakshmi Puri (eds.)

Aid for exchange (AfT) has develop into an enormous merchandise at the foreign exchange and improvement discourse. this is often to a wide volume according to matters expressed by way of constructing nations and economies in transition with reference to their capacities to enforce exchange agreements, specifically WTO agreements, and adopt beneficial changes to extend web improvement profits from rising exchange possibilities.

In this international file, significant UN organizations energetic in improvement cooperation and longstanding services of trade-related technical suggestions and ability construction speak about how you can maintain the momentum in the direction of the operationalization and implementation of the AfT initiative and the supportive function to be performed through the UN approach. this can be in keeping with UN's function in selling improvement and assisting to accomplish poverty aid, as dedicated within the Millennium announcement and the 2005 global Summit end result.

The document can be of specific curiosity to govt officers, officers of neighborhood businesses, representatives of the personal quarter facing alternate agreements and negotiations, civil society and academia.

Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Lakshmi Puri is appearing Deputy Secretary-General and Director of the department on overseas exchange and prone, and Commodities at UNCTAD in Geneva.

Philippe De Lombaerde is affiliate Director of United international locations collage (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges.

In collaboration with: UNCTAD, ECA, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, UNECE, UNIDO, UNDP, UNEP

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The first is to provide UNDP’s perspective on the initiative and outline some concerns that may constrain the success of AfT as a vehicle for supporting a development-centred trade agenda in developing countries. And second, to identify the main elements of UNDP’s support in the operationalisation of AfT. 2. U N D P ’ S A S S E S S M E N T O F T H E A I D F O R T R A D E I N I T I A T I V E AND EARLY CONCERNS As previously noted, UNDP’s initial assessment of the aid for trade initiative was that its main elements were not new.

But the specific procedures for accessing AfT resources by developing countries have yet to be determined. For example, it is not clear whether these countries will be required to follow some diagnostic method for assessing, establishing and costing their needs and priorities. It is also not clear which donor or group of donors will respond to which country and how to ensure equity between countries in the allocation of funds. Further, it is not clear whether priority will be given to specific groups of countries such as LDCs and small vulnerable economies (SVEs) – two categories of developing countries recognised at the WTO – or whether allocation will be on first come first served basis.

This calculation was reached as follows: actual expenditure on inter-country projects concerning exclusively LDCs; plus for all other inter-country projects, 30% of interregional project expenditure; 60% of project expenditure in Africa; and 20% of project expenditure in Asia and the Pacific, and 5% of project expenditure in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Arab States. NOTES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Good summaries of the main arguments advanced in the aid literature can be found in Morrissey (2006).

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