Speaking in the first panel of the third Brussels Briefing, the WTO‘s Michael Roberts recalled the process that led to the establishment of the AFT agenda and suggested some ideas to bring this process forward.

He argued that the rationale behind the aid for trade agenda is to “assist developing countries in accessing the global markets.” This translates into financial assistance to create infrastructure and build capacities in trade development. Following regional reviews, in November 2007 a global review of the aid for trade agenda took place in Geneva and a lot of new information was generated. Now we need to digest this information and draw lessons on what needs to be further done.

He particularly underlined the key function of monitoring and evaluation: the methodology to measure aid for trade flows is a good base, but it needs to be further elaborated. By the same token, additional work is needed on the definitions, so we have a much clearer understanding of what we mean by Aid for Trade.

Lastly, he suggested that we concentrate efforts “trying to bring developing countries needs into balance with the supply of technical assistance by donor and international organizations.”


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