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Aid for Trade Review 2019 side event: EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation

Aid for Trade Review 2019 side event: EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation

Event Overview

The Aid for Trade Global Review 2019 takes place from 3 to 5 July at the WTO under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade”. 

By addressing the supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints of developing, and in particular least developed countries, Aid for Trade can help advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Aid for Trade aims to make trade more inclusive and ensure that its benefits are spread further and wider. The focus in 2019 will be how trade can further contribute to economic diversification and empowerment.

The European Union and the ACP have, over decades, promoted a unique trade and development cooperation model that inspires global North-South cooperation. Trade cooperation through EPAs remain central to this cooperation model. It should provide the ACP countries the impetus for sustained export diversification, competitiveness and expansion, effective penetration into regional and global value chains, effective support for negotiation and support for implementation of multilateral and regional trade agreements. 

This side event jointly organised by TradeCom II Programme, ColeACP, CTA and European Commission discuss EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation; revolutionising economic diversification and empowerment through inclusive and sustainable Aid for Trade.

Geneva, Switzerland


  • EC

    The European Commission is the EU's executive arm. It takes decisions on the Union's political and strategic direction. The European Commission is divided into departments that develop policies for specific areas. Each department is headed by Commissioners. Overall, the Commission works under the leadership of a President.

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • TradeCom II Programme

    The aim of the TradeCom II Programme is to “contribute to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in ACP countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy”. The Programme’s implementation strategy aims to facilitate the integration of ACP countries in the global economy and value chains by improving their capacity to formulate and implement suitable trade policies and to strengthen their competitiveness. The aim is also to help ACP private sector to diversify their export base and markets through greater integration into the regional and global value chains. The overall strategy entails building and strengthening ACP trade capacity at national and regional levels through a combination of technical assistance and capacity building actions.


    The Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) is a civil society organisation (CSO), established in 1973 by stakeholders in the international fruit and vegetable trade. COLEACP is a not-for-profit inter-professional association whose main purpose is to support the development of a sustainable and competitive agriculture and agribusiness.