The Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi), the International Trade Center (ITC) and the World Bank organized a Conference titled: « Aid for Trade: What Have we Learnt? Which way Ahead? » on Thursday, December 6, 2012. It will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Launched at the Hong Kong ministerial in 2005, the Aid for Trade (AfT) Initiative has now been monitored in three Global Reviews. These reviews have reported case studies and proposed effectiveness indicators with the beginning of more formal evaluations of performance just starting to appear (e.g. the recent 2011 volume “Where to Spend the Next Million: Applying Impact Evaluation to Trade Assistance” WB/CEPR (O. Cadot, A. Fernandes, J. Gourdon, A. Mattoo eds.).
With the support of the FERDI, ITC and the WB, a one-day workshop was held at International Conference Centre in Geneva on Thursday December 6 to take stock on recent progress. The focus was twofold: the morning session took a cross-country perspective and focus on macro performance (e.g. export capacity) while the afternoon session was on impact evaluation mostly at the sector/firm level.
This event was an important occasion to bring together the Geneva trade policy community, including academics and researchers at International Organizations and think tanks, to take stock of what has been learnt on evaluating Aid for Trade effectiveness.
It was also an opportunity to demonstrate to the development community that, notwithstanding the difficulties involved in the identification of causal links and attribution, with better performance monitoring, project design and data collection, it is possible to evaluate more rigorously what does and what does not work.
• 9:00 - Welcome
• 9:15 - Session 1
Chairperson : Rajesh Aggarwal (ITC)
“Aid for Trade: Where do we Stand?”
“Aid for Trade Effectiveness: Complementarities with Economic Integration”
Discussants Marion Jansen (WTO)
• 11:00 - Session 2
Chairperson : Patrick Guillaumont (FERDI
“Landlocked or Policy-Locked? How Services Trade Protection Deepens Economic Isolation”
“Aid to the Services Sector: Does it Affect Manufacturing?”
Discussants: Pierre Sauvé (WTI), Patrick Messerlin (Sciences Po)
•12:10- Keynote presentation “The 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade and future perspectives."
Presentation : Pascal Lamy; Director-General; WTO
•14:00- Session 3: Impact Evaluation of Trade Assistance Programs
Chairperson : Vinaye Ancharaz (ICTSD)
“Smoothing out the Bumpy road to Export Success: Evaluating Export Promotion Activities”
"Customs as Doorkeepers; What Are Their Effects on International Trade?”
"Are the Benefits from Export Support Durable ? Evidence from Tunisia"
“An Empirical Journey Towards Impact Assessment: The Case of ITC”
Discussant: Marcelo Olarreaga (U. of Geneva)
• 17:00 - Panel: What Future for Trade Assistance
Chairperson : Jaime de Melo (FERDI)
Panelistes : Frans Lammersen (OECD) ; Jean-Marie Paugam (ITC); Patrick Messerlin (Sciences Po); Aaditya Mattoo (WB)