UNCTAD’s technical assistance activities to advance a green economy
National Green Export Reviews (NGERs) are UNCTAD's response to emerging country demand for assessments of national potential to advance the development of national green sectors to generate new employment and export opportunities while promoting sustainable development.
Through NGERs, UNCTAD works in a close partnership with countries seeking to strengthen their green economies. Specifically, through an interactive national stakeholder process, NGERs assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to design and implement green economy policies and to establish regulatory and institutional frameworks, as well as cooperative G2B and B2B mechanisms, to strengthen the capacity, efficiency and competitiveness of their green sectors.
Analytically identifying national export strengths in particular green goods and services using UNCTAD's green product space methodology and stakeholder inputs; assessing national trade and trade-related policies; and developing a national action plan to boost production and exports in selected green sectors are central elements of an NGER.
NGERs are demand-driven. The first step in any NGER project involves an official request from a government to undertake a project. UNCTAD then works with a designated national ministry to launch and implement the project.
To date, UNCTAD has received expressions of interest in NGERs from over a dozen countries. NGERs have recently been launched in Ecuador and Vanuatu. NGERs will begin soon in Ethiopia and Oman. Other NGERs will follow in 2015 onwards.