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Global Dialogue on Trade & Development


Through policy dialogue, the World Bank aims to support a trade agenda that supports developing countries integration into the world economy to achieve growth and reduce poverty.

The Bank carries out this policy dialogue at the multilateral, regional and country levels in partnership with other development agencies, bilateral donors, and developing countries. It brings in field experience, extensive research, and experts in various fields from trade policy and competitiveness to trade logistics and facilitation and standards.

The Bank’s policy dialogue focuses on three areas:

chameau1. At the global level, the Bank supports a world trading system more supportive of development, especially for the poorest economies. This includes support for a more open, non-discriminatory and rules-based trading system, and for an ambitious outcome in the Doha Development Agenda, notably in terms of market opening and reductions in trade-distorting policies and strengthened rules.

The Bank supports increased aid for trade, which remains an essential complement to an ambitious Doha round. The Bank has also played an important role in the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical Assistance for the Least Developed Countries (
EIF). Since 2001, the Bank has undertaken approximately 29  DTIS's in coordination with donors.

2. At the regional level, the Bank aims to support pro-development regional integration, including by working with partners to maximize the development impact of regional trading agreements (RTAs). The development effectiveness of RTAs is greatest if they are broad, deep and are pursued in parallel with reductions in barriers for all trading partners. If poorly designed, the cost of trade diversion, confusion and demands on limited institutional capacity, may outweigh the benefits.

Global advocay3. At the country level, the Bank aims to promote trade and competitiveness in developing countries to facilitate their integration and leverage the global economy and spur economic growth. The Bank also promotes increased country ownership, making trade a pillar of national development strategy, and donor coordination to improve the effectiveness of trade policies and aid for trade, in particular in low-income countries.

Last updated on Feb 26, 2008

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