Second Regional Review on Aid for Trade
07 May 2009
08 May 2009
Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Second Regional Aid for Trade (AfT) Review for Latin America and the Caribbean focuses on progress made in implementing AfT. This review builds on the results of the First Review for Latin America and the Caribbean—held in Lima, Peru in September 2007—which successfully identified the region's binding constraints and AfT needs. The theme of the Second Review is on how these constraints are being addressed.
The Aid for Trade (AfT) Roadmap for 2009 places emphasis on monitoring implementation, with a focus on national, regional, and sectoral priorities. In preparation for the Second Regional Review on AfT for Latin America and the Caribbean, a series of national and subregional reviews have been held in specific countries across the region. These reviews have showcased how AfT strategies are progressing, and how focused, technical, and results-oriented they are. The events were co-hosted by national governments and involved broad participation from donors, regional organizations, and other key stakeholders. Conclusions arising from these events will be profiled in the Second Review.
Finally, the Second Regional Review will build on OECD/WTO self-assessments submitted by countries in the region to develop action plans, monitor progress, and encourage mutual accountability.
In summary, the Second Regional Review on Aid for Trade will have the following objectives:
- To monitor progress in implementing the Aid for Trade Initiative and encourage "peer" reviews and incentives to advance the implementation of concrete national and regional strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean;
- To continue supporting and enhancing the mainstreaming of trade in national and regional development agendas;
- To foster regional approaches and strategies as part of the implementation process of the Aid for Trade Initiative;
For more information about this event or to register, please send an e-mail to AFT-LAC@iadb.org.