Aid for Trade (AfT) is the generic concept describing development assistance provided in support of partner countries' efforts to develop the capacity to expand their trade, to foster economic growth and to more effectively use trade in poverty reduction. A Joint EU (Member States and Union) Aid for Trade Strategy was adopted in 2007. This initiative aims at supporting all developing countries, particularly the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to better integrate into the rules-based world trading system and to use trade more effectively in promoting poverty eradication. When adopting the EU AfT Strategy, the EU Council underlined the need to improve the consistency and quality of EU AfT reporting. Following up on the reporting requirements of the Council, the AETS consortium was contracted to undertake the 2014 monitoring exercise. The global objective of the assignment was to: • Support the European Commission in drafting the 2014 EU AfT Monitoring Report; • Monitor the EU common commitments and effectiveness in the area of Aid for Trade, to allow both the EU and international stakeholders to assess whether sufficient progress is being made, and to draw relevant policy conclusions and recommendations. The specific objectives were to undertake: • A quantitative analysis of the AfT data for the EU, including trends broken down by AfT category; • A detailed quantitative analysis of the Trade Related Assistance (TRA) data for the EU; • A specific data analysis of EU support to Trade Facilitation (TF); • A specific analysis of AfT in LDCs: key constraints, enabling factors and recommendations; • A specific data analysis of EU blending operations; • An analysis of AfT in services.

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