It is widely recognized by both multilateral and bilateral development partners that enhancement of the capacity to participate in global trade is critical for economic growth in developing countries. This has put the need for trade-related technical assistance on the forefront of economic development.
Bilateral and multilateral development partners provide a wide range of services which often need to complement each other if they are to support national trade development needs and strategies in a coherent and efficient manner.
In response to such needs, UNIDO has published the first edition of the Trade Capacity Building Inter-agency Resource Guide in 2008, followed by an enhanced edition in 2010.
For the first time, in order to further increase the use and distribution of the Guide, all information is updated in an interactive web tool with search functions.
The Guide has been hailed by multilateral and bilateral development partners as well as policy-makers in developing countries as a useful and informative tool in the area of trade-capacity building. It has been acknowledged that the Resource Guide is a unique source of information for developing countries and donors for the development of technical assistance programmes, and serves to facilitate the coordination of trade capacity-building activities within the United Nations system, in particular through UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country Teams.
In response to growing demand, a new and further enhanced third edition has now been made available. The 2013 edition of the Trade Capacity Building Resource Guide further increases its relevance in the area of trade-related technical assistance by sharpening its focus on the emerging dynamic trends, in particular, on the costs of trading, adding a value chain perspective and South-South and triangular cooperation.
The Guide includes now 31 UN agencies and 36 bilateral profiles. The trade-related services of altogether 32 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and sixteen G-20 countries, some of which are also OECD members are reflected in the Guide. This compilation of major bilateral and multilateral technical assistance services as well as inclusion of South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives in the area of trade capacity building represents a milestone, which is expected to significantly increase both the coverage and potential use of the Guide.
This so far most comprehensive compilation of the Resource Guide will significantly contribute to increasing the transparency and efficiency of trade-related technical assistance and its benefits for countries and peoples in their efforts to stimulate trade-led economic growth, increased employment and the creation of wealth.
In the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals, the Guide represents a significant step forward in the journey towards a strong and meaningful global partnership, involving multilateral and bilateral development partners, for the reduction of poverty through trade-driven economic growth and wealth creation.
The Guide was prepared by UNIDO under a mandate by the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) of the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB).
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