GENEVA, 18 July 2011 - Showcasing Aid for Trade success stories is the aim of an event taking place at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) headquarters in Geneva today and tomorrow.
The Third Global Review of Aid for Trade is being attended by a range of United Nations organizations, including UNIDO.
The Aid for Trade Initiative was launched at the Hong Kong Ministerial in 2005. It aims at helping developing and least developed countries increase exports of goods and services, integrate more effectively into the multilateral trading system and benefit from liberalized trade and increased market access opportunities.
“UNIDO has devotedly supported the Aid for Trade Initiative since its inception and it is at the heart of every UNIDO trade capacity-building programme, whether national or regional,” said Lalith Goonatilake, Director of the UNIDO Trade Capacity-Building Branch.
“The Review offers an excellent opportunity for the international community to discuss experiences in implementing Aid for Trade projects, renew its commitment and to further strengthen its ties with its development partners and the private sector” he added.
UNIDO is one of the major implementing agencies in Aid for Trade-related trade capacity-building. UNIDO’s assistance is systemic, inter-agency-driven and focuses on developing supply capacities, strengthening countries’ ability to implement WTO agreements, in particular those on technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
Participants at the Review include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon; WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy; OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría; President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick; UNDP Administrator Helen Clark; as well as heads of regional development banks, ministers, CEOs of private sector companies and officials from donor and aid recipient countries.
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