New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland
4th Global Review of Aid-for-trade
The fourth joint OECD-WTO Global Review of Aid-for-trade was held in Geneva from 8-10 July 2013, with the theme “Connecting to Value Chains”. Representatives of governments, international organisations, the private sector, civil society and academia gathered to review progress with the aid-for-trade initiative since its inception at the Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong in 2005, and to share experiences of the challenges and best practices in assisting developing and least-developed countries to participate more fully and effectively in global supply and production networks.
The New Zealand Permanent Mission participated in a range of sessions and side events and delivered the attached statement in plenary [PDF 19 KB]. New Zealand Permanent Representative to the UN, Amanda Ellis drew on insights gained as head of the New Zealand Aid Programme in a panel discussion examining the challenges faced by Pacific Island countries in connecting to and moving up regional and global value chains. New Zealand also signed on to a joint statement by 27 donors and international organisations pledging their support to developing and least-developed countries for the implementation of a trade facilitation agreement – one of the key deliverables being sought for the upcoming 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in December. Trade facilitation, or the reform and streamlining of customs procedures, was identified throughout the Global Review as a key factor in bringing trade costs down and delivering tangible benefits to economic growth and development.
More information and the publications launched at the review can be found here.