Annex 1: Terms of Reference
LAC countries on different experiences in the design and implementation of trade and integration strategies and mobilization of aid for trade. III.
Elements of the Case Study Report
Some of the elements/issues that should be addressed by the Report are the following: 1. Regional Coordination and Aid for Trade • Motivation: Why do countries move toward coordination of policies and resource-pooling at the regional level? What are the region’s specific incentives for doing this in the area of trade? Give examples of the Caribbean case [this applies throughout]. • What are the necessary conditions for regional coordination in the area of trade? Caribbean experiences. • What type of trade policies are more feasible to manage at the regional level vis-à-vis national level? Caribbean experiences • Strategy: How can/should countries work together to design a regional trade strategy? Does the Caribbean region have such a strategy and if yes, how was it designed. If not, what are the impediments to doing this? • What institutional mechanisms underpin regional coordination in the area of trade? What have been the challenges? How do public sector agencies work together to coordinate their regional trade policies? Is there a formal/informal coordination mechanism with the private sector and civil society? • What are the instruments to implement regional coordination (budgetary implications, e.g. financing of common institutions; regional development fund) Did the government have to strengthen institutions to be able to implement regional coordination? • How is the Caribbean vis-à-vis- other regions in LAC? • What are the main lessons learned and challenges from the Caribbean’s experience with implementing the trade strategy? 2. Mobilizing and Implementing Aid for Trade • How can AFT provide support to regional coordination efforts? How can national trade strategies and national AFT complement and strengthen regional coordination? • What are the instruments to mobilize aid for trade? • Did the Caribbean mobilize aid for trade to implement their trade strategy, and if yes, how did it do it? Provide examples where international cooperation supported the country in trade negotiations and implementation of trade agreements. Explain the process by which such assistance materialized. • Provide examples where international cooperation supported the region, both at the country and regional level on trade negotiations and implementation of trade agreements. • In which areas did international cooperation mainly provided assistance? • What are the challenges that the region has to address to strengthen regional strategy? • What are the constraints? Are regional projects feasible in all AFT areas of action?
Published on Sep 14, 2007
this report was prepared by the integration and trade sector (int) as a contribution to the regional meeting on mobilizing aid for trade: la...