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How can we make the tools and channels of Aid for Trade (AfT) more effective in supporting the private sector and regional integration?

We focus on ensuring that Aid for Trade tools fully deliver on their development potential and leverage increasing investment by the private sector.

Given the potential for poverty reduction through promoting decent work and employment and underpinning the economic transformation agenda, many donors have put greater emphasis on trade facilitation programmes, in particular trade corridors, in the context of their Aid for Trade support.

Aid for Trade seems to have lost some of its original appeal for both developing countries and donors, yet the arguments for providing targeted support to make sure trade policy can deliver on its promise remain valid.

Trade facilitation is important for reducing the costs of trade in Africa spurring economic growth and promoting development opportunities

Building on ECDPM’s work on regional agricultural markets for food security and longstanding expertise on trade issues, the Economic Transformation and Trade Programme will:

  • Explore ways to establish linkages between the Aid for Trade debate and support for rural development, through regional value chains and agricultural trade facilitation
  • Analyse, together with ECDPM’s Food Security Programme,  the linkages between agricultural trade corridors and economic governance. This is relevant given the growing role of emerging players in trade facilitation and infrastructure
  • Look at trade facilitation in a broader context with a political economy approach that focusses on the regional dimensions of Aid for Trade