Scaling Up Aid for Trade

How to support poor countries to trade their way out of poverty

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Published: 15 November 2005

Trade can be an engine for growth that lifts millions of people out of poverty, but many developing countries face constraints that prevent them from participating in the global trading system. Even if trade rules are radically reformed and a pro-development round is achieved at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong in December 2005, current ‘behind the borders’ problems mean that poor countries will continue to lose out on the potential benefits of global trade.