Seminar during the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC-8) of 15-17 December 2011). CSEND organised a side event focusing on the analysis of policy coherence of assistance instruments and policies made available to LDCsin to improve their service export sector. A case example from the tourism sector was used to illustrate existing policy fragmentation and lack of complementarity amongst key development instruments, i.e., DTIS, AM, PRSP etc. The Analysis was based on an in-depth study of 14 LDCs published in 2011.

Raymond Saner & Laura PaƩz, CSEND policy paper, June 2005.

In 2002, nearly 30 WTO members pledged more than 30 Million Swiss Francs to ensure the achievement of the Doha Development Round (DDR). The pledged amount is meant to finance 514 capacity building actives listed in the WTO Annual Technical Assistance Plan (TAP). In addition, support is to be extended to 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) though the Integrated Framework (IF), to help them integrate trade policy into their development strategies. Concerns have arisen as to the scope, effectiveness and efficiency of the TAP and IF. While the activities planned are laudable, the authors question whether they can be achieved and suggest a fundamental reassessment of TAP and IF in order to fulfill the objectives of the DDR.

Technical Assistance to Least-Developed Countries in the Context of the Doha Development Round: High Risk of Failure