Developing Countries in International Trade 2007: Trade and Development Index
200 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2008 Last revised: 29 Apr 2010
Date Written: October 1, 2007
In this Trade and Development Index (TDI), UNCTAD presents some of its research on the link between trade and development in a new, integrated fashion. The TDI is an outcome of the secretariat's analysis to identify the complex interdependence of current economic conditions in both developing and developed nations.
The index offers a comprehensive review of the global trade and development performace of different countries, and idenfities the strengths and weaknesses of their institutional and policy environment. It showcases not only the tremendous progress that many developing countries have achived in recent years, but also raises several pertinent issues which will require further attention in formulating trade and development policies.
The TDI also aims to provide policymakers and researchers with a new tool for policy analysis and formulation, by presenting an analytical framework to understand how to enhance the enabling environment for trade and development . We believe that this framework will contribute to understanding why certain countries have made progress towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while others have not. The analytical framework will also allow the UNCTAD Secretariat to enhance the overall coherence of its work, ranging from technical assistance to promoting Aid for Trade.
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