Africa

June 11, 2019 - David Luke, Heini Suominen

The African Continental Free Trade Area: Dawn of a new era

Global Review 2019

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will transform the way Africa trades, with intra-African trade expected to increase by 15-25 per cent, and the boost to trade in industrial goods accelerating diversification of Africa’s economies.

May 07, 2019 - Lynsey Grosfield

Ambassador Morten Jespersen: On making trade work for LDCs, now

Aid for Trade

The EIF Steering Committee Chair talks contemporary trade challenges and using resources the right way

April 30, 2019 - Cécile de Gardelle

H.E. Dr. François Xavier Ngarambe: Aiming for ecommerce success in Rwanda

Ecommerce

Following UNCTAD’s Ecommerce Week in April 2019 and on the cusp of a new partnership with EIF to boost ecommerce, Rwanda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva discusses the state of play for online trade in the country

April 23, 2019 - Daria Shatskova, Deanna Ramsay

For LDC exporters and EU importers, getting back to origins

Trade policy

Digital system set to streamline procedures for trade from LDCs to the EU

April 04, 2019 - Michelle Kovacevic, Violeta Gonzalez

Friendship across borders: When trade brings peace

Aid for Trade

Businesswomen creating a united front in Rwanda and the DRC

March 29, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay, Michelle Kovacevic, Cécile de Gardelle

Togo seeing soy in its future

Agriculture

Country is diversifying into soy, and farmers are seeing profits

February 04, 2019 - Michelle Kovacevic

Supporting sustained collaboration key to coherent agriculture and trade outcomes in Africa, report says

Agriculture

Implementation is everything in aligning trade and agriculture in LDCs in Africa

January 28, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Aligning agriculture and trade

Agriculture

In countries where farming sustains families and economies, sustainable trade in agricultural products means everything

December 13, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

Speaking from the heart: Empowering women to share business ideas

Women and trade

EIF has been working with hundreds of entrepreneurs for the past few years, to help them build and implement strategies for brand promotion, participate in regional and international trade fairs, improve in processing capabilities and value addition as well as provide support to cooperatives

December 10, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

GTPA partners with the EIF Programme as part of Africa eCommerce Week

Ecommerce

The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) is delighted to partner with the EIF Programme on a session focussed on building skills for the digital economy through education, interaction & advocacy as part of Africa e

December 07, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Monique van Daalen: On women, better business and Rwanda’s trade landscape

Trade facilitation

Following a recent visit to Rwanda with EIF, Netherlands Ambassador to the WTO and LDC Sub-Committee Chair Monique van Daalen discusses seeing the country’s cross border trade efforts in person, as well as the country’s policy in action

November 22, 2018 - Dale Honeck, Frank Van Rompaey, Hang T.T. Tran

Can LDCs leverage tourism for manufacturing?

Tourism

To transform LDCs, turning tourism into new kinds of growth

November 06, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

In the business of buying and selling across borders, financing for a better future

Trade facilitation

Funding for traders, for government trade support and for infrastructure means resources at work in critical spaces in Rwanda

November 01, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Crossing borders for better business

Trade facilitation

In Rwanda, new market centres mean improved trade at the border

October 29, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

EIF's 2017 Annual Report

Aid for Trade

The results of the Enhanced Integrated Framework in 2017

October 29, 2018 - Deliby Chimbalu

Homemade chili sauce means business for Malawi entrepreneur

MSMEs

After help finding new markets, one man’s chili sauce empire is taking off

October 29, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

High-level panel calls for integration of fragile states into the global economy

Aid for Trade

A high-level panel at this year’s Public Forum examined the link between peace and trade, focusing on the opportunities and challenges that conflict-affected states face in developing their capacities to trade

October 26, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

In Zambia, enhancing women’s economic horizons

Women and trade

Launch of country’s SheTrades initiative to focus on agriculture and textile industries

October 26, 2018 - Sainabou Taal

In fast-evolving trade landscape, addressing the structural challenges

Aid for Trade

WTO’s Aid for Trade programme putting a spotlight on LDCs

October 15, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Christina Chatima: On using trade as an engine for growth

Agriculture

Increasing agricultural proceeds, processing and marketing are critical in Malawi’s development plans

October 10, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Protecting an enigmatic commodity with enormous potential – gum arabic

Environment

For an arid swath of Africa, a sap-like substance offers income possibilities for the poorest of the poor, along with environmental benefits

October 03, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Information on new product requirements for LDCs – now direct to your inbox

Trade facilitation

ePing platform helping countries keep track of assorted requirements, transforming communication and comment

October 03, 2018 - Frans Lammersen, Aussama Bejraoui

What’s going on with Aid for Trade in the Least Developed Countries

Aid for Trade

Funding for aid for trade in LDCs is increasing – find out how much, from who, and where investments are going

September 21, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

EIF @ WTO Public Forum 2018

Aid for Trade

The EIF will be participating in a variety of activities at the WTO Public Forum, 2-4 October

September 17, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Minding the gaps between field and marketplace

Agriculture

Strategic alliances and alignments are key to making trade in agriculture work, for all

September 12, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Exploring the agriculture and trade nexus in Africa

Agriculture

A multimedia collection from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

September 12, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Agriculture and Trade Magazine

Agriculture

In some of the most impoverished countries in the world, agriculture is the backbone of the economy

August 31, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Buba Jawneh: Managing a family cashew enterprise, readying for global commerce

Agriculture MSMEs

In The Gambia, family-owned cashew processors are primed for expansion

August 29, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Comoros in bloom

Agriculture

Island nation focusing on its unique, specialty plant life to kick start economic growth

August 27, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

In Malawi, enriching what happens between farm and table

Agriculture

Malawians are forging new markets for their agricultural exports, within and without Africa

August 26, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Malawi reaping what it's sowing

Agriculture

Targeting soy and groundnuts for export, the country and its farmers are seeing rewards

August 24, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Clement Kumbemba: On obtaining markets for Malawi’s harvests

Agriculture

The country is striving to enhance agro-processing, secure new markets and increase exports

August 18, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Improving agriculture, enriching trade, transforming lives

Agriculture

When agriculture and trade align, change happens for incomes and economies

August 14, 2018 - International Trade Centre (ITC)

Harnessing Zambia’s position in global trade

Trade facilitation

Zambia is acting to make trade faster and more efficient within and across its borders by partnering with the Enhanced Integrated Framework

August 14, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

The Gambia sounding out its agricultural potential

Agriculture

With cashew prices surging and armed with solid trade policy, the country is looking to boost its farmers and processors

August 13, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Comoros making scents

Agriculture

Three tiny, volcanic Indian Ocean islands are producing 60% of the world's supply of ylang-ylang

August 13, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Ibrahima Sittina Farate: As one woman innovates, a nation’s exports set to bloom

Agriculture MSMEs

In Comoros, an essential oils doyenne has plans for her country’s unique yields

August 10, 2018 - Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang, Yonov Frederick Agah

Don't shut trade down, make it truly inclusive

Aid for Trade

Why we must stand behind the rules-based global trading system now, more than ever

August 10, 2018 -

Video address of Director-General Roberto Azevêdo to participants of the EIF Global Forum

Aid for Trade

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo addresses welcome message to participants of Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

August 10, 2018 - Lisa Cornish

Using trade as a tool for development

Aid for Trade

Improving economic opportunities and prospects for the world’s least developed countries remains a key global challenge

August 09, 2018 -

Trading for Malawi's farmers, and the future

Agriculture

Malawi's farmers have been cultivating new crops with the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi, supported by the Government of Malawi and EIF

August 09, 2018 -

Gambia getting more from cashews

Agriculture

The Gambia has been working across its supply chain to enhance trade in the country

August 08, 2018 -

#trade4dev and EIF

Agriculture

Film by EIF/Natasha Sweeney, 2018.

August 06, 2018 -

Taking trade online

Ecommerce

What do a mountainous landlocked country, a post-war African nation, and three small island developing states have in common?

July 31, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Outcome statement: The Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs

Aid for Trade

The Forum, which was held from 13 to 14 June 2018 at the World Trade Organization (WTO), fostered practical solutions, offered results-oriented theoretical discussions, presented on-the-ground successes, and supported an innovative call to ramp up actions on inclusive trade for LDCs

July 24, 2018 -

Entrepreneurs in action in Comoros

Agriculture

The ylang-ylang, vanilla and cloves that grow in Comoros are being used to spur economic growth, with young entrepreneurs leading the way

July 23, 2018 -

Continuing the conversation on inclusive trade for Least Developed Countries

Aid for Trade

The closing ceremony echoed the Call to Action launched at the Forum, taking inclusive trade for LDCs to the next level

July 23, 2018 -

Strengthening inclusive agribusiness for export growth

Agriculture

Inclusive and sustainable agribusiness value chains can provide one of the highest returns on investment in terms of growth, poverty reduction, pro-poor employment, and women's economic empowerment in LDCs.

July 19, 2018 -

Free trade in Africa: How can LDCs benefit?

Trade facilitation

Increasing trade between African countries offers great potential for building sustainable economic development and integration, including creating higher-wage jobs and unlocking greater business opportunities

July 09, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Princess of Burkina Faso Abze Djigma: On the need to support small businesses in LDCs, and good finance

Women and trade

We need to be in the driver's seat of economic growth because it's important for us and for the next generation, and is the right pathway to trade with other countries. It's my duty to start doing some of the homework to facilitate trade

July 05, 2018 -

Minding the trade gap: What lies ahead for Least Developed Countries

Aid for Trade

In the last two decades, there has been a boom in world trade driven by large reductions in trade barriers and unprecedented interlinkages among countries, and South-South trade has grown. Yet the world's poorest nations, designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs), engage in less than 1% of global trade while home to 13% of the world’s population

June 20, 2018 - Craig Atkinson

An Internet of Rules for all: Can "Trade Policy 3.0" foster inclusive trade?

Ecommerce

The distinctive character of trade policy 3.0 is that, in addition to “writing down the rules” of trade in natural language (trade policy 1.0) and use of “single window systems” that replicate paper-based delivery in the digital realm (trade policy 2.0), countries are able to publish computational rules to the Internet in a standard way

June 19, 2018 -

TradeMark East Africa's Richard Kamajugo on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility

Trade facilitation

An interview with Richard Kamajugo, Senior Director for Trade Environment at TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) during the EIFGlobalForum2018

June 11, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Cashing in on cashews in The Gambia

Agriculture

A journey from farmers’ fields to export markets

June 08, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic, Mbaye Ndiaye

Study provides roadmap for Mauritania’s diversification

Trade policy

A study published two years ago — the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) update — has helped to push forward the Islamic Republic of Mauritania’s reform agenda, by providing a roadmap for how the small African and Arab country can strategically diversify its exports to grow its wealth and reduce poverty

June 07, 2018 - Lynsey Grosfield

Women & Trade Magazine

Women and trade

In this issue: "Samoa's coconuts go global," "Taking female-led businesses from local to global," and "Women at the helm of Senegal's mango industry"

May 22, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay, Natasha Sweeney

Betty Chinyamunyamu: Finding potential in Malawi’s farmers – and forging new markets

Agriculture

In a country with a majority of the population cultivating small plots of land, empowering smallholder farmers is the key to economic success

April 11, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Bridging the gap for farmers in Malawi

Agriculture

Additional land to sow, targeted trainings, and market security mean higher incomes for smallholders

March 08, 2018 - Simon Hess, Hang T.T. Tran

Wanjira Mathai on women's renewable energy entrepreneurship in LDCs

Women and trade

EIF Coordinators Hang Tran and Simon Hess interview Wanjira Mathai of wPOWER partnership on women's entrepreneurship in renewables

February 25, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

New cargo facility heralds trade progress in The Gambia

Trade facilitation

Launch of long-awaited space at country's main airport means more – and more diverse – exports

January 25, 2018 - Simon Hess, Michelle Kovacevic

Training the next generation of trade negotiators in Zambia

Trade policy

You may not expect a graduate of an arts degree to say that a trade policy course was their favourite subject, but if you ask Zondwayo Duma from Zambia, that’s exactly what he’ll tell you