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Aid for trade in developing countries: complex linkages for real effectiveness


  • Marilyne Huchet-Bourdon

    () (SMART - Structures et Marché Agricoles, Ressources et Territoires - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - AGROCAMPUS OUEST)

  • Anna Lipchitz

    (ONU_Mission permanente de la France - ONU_Mission permanente de la France)

  • Audrey Rousson

    (AFD - Agence française de développement)


L'aide au commerce, présentée comme un nouvel outil de développement prometteur, vise à soutenir l'intégration commerciale des pays en développement. Il manque néanmoins à cette aide, pour asseoir son efficacité et respecter les engagements politiques des donateurs, une dimension stratégique. D'un point de vue théorique, cette étude présente les différentes catégories d'aide au commerce et analyse les relations entre IDE, aide au commerce et développement. Elle propose également une typologie des besoins liés au commerce pour un panel de pays afin de guider les bailleurs de fonds dans la définition de leurs stratégies d'offre. Cette typologie met en avant des disparités aux niveaux national et régional, ainsi qu'une faible intégration régionale. Les besoins liés au commerce, particulièrement forts pour les régions de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et de l'Afrique de l'Est, sont importants dans le secteur des infrastructures. Cet article souligne également l'importance d'affiner la formulation des demandes réelles du côté des bénéficiaires, de structurer l'offre des bailleurs en fonction de leurs propres compétences et d'approfondir la coordination entre les différentes parties prenantes, dont acteurs publics et acteurs privés. Enfin, une libéralisation plus poussée des échanges ne suffira pas, à elle seule, à enclencher une croissance forte et à améliorer la répartition géographique et sectorielle des IDE. Des facteurs comme la stabilité politique, l'environnement des entreprises, l'infrastructure matérielle, les institutions et le capital humain sont également des dimensions fondamentales. En particulier, une cohérence entre politiques commerciales, sectorielles, macroéconomiques et fiscales est impérative, pour chaque pays et chaque région mais également entre pays industrialisés et PED. / Aid for trade is intended to support the integration of developing countries into the world trading system. Although this form of aid is being hailed as a promising new development tool, it lacks the strategic dimension that it needs if it is to be truly effective and fulfil donors' policy commitments. From a theoretical perspective, this paper presents the various aid-for-trade categories and analyses the linkages between foreign direct investment, aid for trade and development. It also presents a typology of trade-related needs for a panel of countries, to serve as a guide for donors in formulating their aid supply strategies. This typology reveals a number of disparities between countries and regions, as well as a low level of regional integration. Trade-related needs are particularly significant in West Africa and East Africa, and substantial in the infrastructure sector. This paper also stresses the importance of refining the formulation of actual demand by beneficiaries, structuring the aid supply in accordance with donors' specific areas of expertise and enhancing coordination among the various stakeholders, both public and private. Lastly, further trade liberalisation will not by itself suffice to generate strong growth and improve the geographical and sectoral distribution of foreign direct investment. Factors such as political stability, the business climate, physical infrastructure, institutions and human capital also play a fundamental role. Of particular importance is the coherence of trade, sectoral, macroeconomic and tax policies, not only within each country and region but also between industrialised and developing countries.

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  • Marilyne Huchet-Bourdon & Anna Lipchitz & Audrey Rousson, 2008. "Aid for trade in developing countries: complex linkages for real effectiveness," Post-Print hal-00729834, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00729834
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    1. Martinez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada & Nowak-Lehmann D., Felicitas & Rehwald, Kai, 2014. "Is aid for trade effective? A quantile regression approach," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 210, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
    2. Alberto Behar & Philip Manners & Benjamin D. Nelson, 2013. "Exports and International Logistics," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 75(6), pages 855-886, December.
    3. Ahn, Soojung & Lee, Sang Hyeon, 2016. "Impact of Aid for Trade to Agricultural Development and Trade," 2016 Annual Meeting, February 6-9, 2016, San Antonio, Texas 230119, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    4. Mariana Vijil & Laurent Wagner, 2010. "Does aid for trade enhance export performance? Investigating on the infrastructure channel," Working Papers SMART - LERECO 10-07, INRA UMR SMART-LERECO.
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    6. Beata Udvari, 2016. "The Aid for Trade initiative and the export performance of the Iberian EU-countries," IWE Working Papers 225, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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