EU Strategy on Aid for Trade: Enhancing EU support for trade-related needs in developing countries: Conclusions, 29 October 2007

Sectors : Aid volume, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade
Organisation : EU
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Heads Of State
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...(d) To achieve greater complementarity and cooperation between donors, the EU will:

• Step up efforts to prepare joint response strategies relating to AfT for countries and regions during the period until 2010; and, in this context, take joint action, including other donors as appropriate, to respond to key AfT priorities identified through comprehensive needs assessments. This will help prepare the ground for enhanced engagement in Joint EU Programming exercises;
• Step up joint efforts to support the capacity of partner countries to manage AfT with a comprehensive approach, using sector-wide approaches (SWAPs) where appropriate;
• Continue to pursue joint delivery modalities in AfT, including by
- establishing the conditions under which different joint delivery modalities are appropriate for AfT and exchange best practices;
- continuing efforts to identify areas and countries in which there is potential for increasing use of joint delivery modalities and striving to increase significantly its use by 2010, on a voluntary basis and where conditions are met, paying particular attention to co-financing;
- exploring further the role that sector and general budget support can play in AfT;
• Examine the feasibility of adapting and applying the experience of technical assistance instruments provided in the context of EU accession and neighbourhood countries to TRA in other countries and regions;
• Reinforce its dialogue on AfT with all financial institutions concerned, i.e. the multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, regional banks and the European Investment Bank (EIB), in order to identify potential for increasing the number of joint initiatives, with a special emphasis on business / productive capacity financing and infrastructure....

... 4. Increasing EU-wide and Member State donors’ capacity in line with globally agreed aid effectiveness principles

The Council has agreed to adjust and strengthen human resources as necessary to implement the Joint EU AfT Strategy. It has also asked that joint EU initiatives to develop and share expertise amongst the EU and with other donors be explored. To achieve this, the EU will:

• Exchange information – in accordance with and using the synergies of the relevant WTO/OECD questionnaires – on present AfT capacities of Member States, at headquarters and in countries and regions;
• Exchange information on training events and identify opportunities for opening them to other Member States and Commission officials and for organising joint training activities;
• Regularly exchange information, best practice and expertise amongst EU donors on key issues of Aft (for example: Aft and poverty reduction; Aft and indicators; AfT at regional level; use of different delivery modalities in the field of Aft) and on approaches to multilateral level activities, e.g. at informal meetings of EU Trade and Development Experts.”