VIENNA, 10 July 2017 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) released today the new online edition of the United Nations-wide Trade Capacity Building Resource Guide. Timed to the 6th Global Review of Aid for Trade starting in Geneva tomorrow, the guide addresses today’s dynamic trends of e-commerce and digital economy.
UNIDO has published this reference guide, funded by Finland, as a major contribution to the Aid for Trade, a global United Nations initiative coordinating technical assistance related to trade.
“This comprehensive compilation will significantly contribute to increasing the transparency and efficiency of trade-related technical assistance. It will support countries and peoples in their efforts to stimulate trade-led economic growth, increase employment and create wealth,” said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation.
The guide is an interactive web tool accumulating data in 14 categories from 31 multilateral agencies and 37 bilateral development partners on their trade-related strategies and services.
The new edition of the Trade Capacity Building Resource Guide has an increased focus on cross-cutting issues — gender mainstreaming, employment and youth — playing a prominent role in trade-related services.
Enhancing capacities of countries, companies and people to participate in global trade is critical for economic growth in developing countries. This puts the need for trade-related technical assistance to the forefront of economic development.
Bilateral and multilateral development partners’ services need to complement each other if they are to support trade development. To achieve this, UNIDO published its first edition of the Trade Capacity Building Interagency Resource Guide in 2008, followed by the 2010 and 2015 editions.
UNIDO is one of the major agencies providing technical assistance within the framework of the Aid for Trade initiative. It concentrates its support on sectors such as agribusiness, textile, leather, food, cosmetics, technology, and investment.
For more information contact:
Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation