Heads of the IFIs were in Geneva in November for a World Trade Organization conference to take stock of its aid for trade taskforce. Two years since its launch, there is still no accepted definition of ‘aid for trade’, no effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and little or no additional money. Bank president Zoellick announced more of the same for the Bank: resources for infrastructure, private sector support and work on tools to analyse trade obstacles. Trade NGOs have developed aid for trade principles demanding that it: be provided without detrimental conditions; not serve as a quid pro quo for concessions in negotiations; and be additional to existing aid.
In prioritising capital market expansion, the needs of the lowest income groups are not being effectively addressed through World Bank interventions.
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