The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes international trade as an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, and an important means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The role trade can play in promoting sustainable development as well as the integration of developing countries into regional and global markets are emphasised in several of the SDGs. SDG 8 “Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all”, for example, directly aims at the increase of Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs). SDG 17 on “strengthening global partnerships for sustainable development” also includes specific goals related to trade, such as significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular LDCs.
In the spirit of the SDGs, this 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.
This 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.