Least developed countries can become authors of their technological revolution
Originally published in OECD-Development Matters on 5 February 2020
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“Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing” in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
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H.E. Dr. François Xavier Ngarambe: Aiming for ecommerce success in Rwanda
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Supporting sustained collaboration key to coherent agriculture and trade outcomes in Africa, report says
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GTPA partners with the EIF Programme as part of Africa eCommerce Week
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High-level panel calls for integration of fragile states into the global economy
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ePing platform helping countries keep track of assorted requirements, transforming communication and comment
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The Gambia sounding out its agricultural potential
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Video address of Director-General Roberto Azevêdo to participants of the EIF Global Forum
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo's welcome message to participants at the Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
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#trade4dev and EIF
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Outcome statement: The Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs
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
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The closing ceremony echoed the Call to Action launched at the Forum, taking inclusive trade for LDCs to the next level
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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
Princess of Burkina Faso Abze Djigma: On the need to support small businesses in LDCs, and good finance
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An Internet of Rules for all: Can "Trade Policy 3.0" foster inclusive trade?
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Study provides roadmap for Mauritania’s diversification
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
Betty Chinyamunyamu: Finding potential in Malawi’s farmers – and forging new markets
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