Launched in mid-2008, this project seeks to support the efforts of a selected group of Arab economies in West Asia and North Africa - occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Sudan and Morocco - to achieve MDGs Nos. 1 and 8 of eradicating hunger and fostering a global partnership for development.
The project involves assisting national Governments in promoting growth-oriented, pro-poor approach to trade policy and regional integration, tuned to the specificities of the targeted economies, and informed by reliable trade statistics.
Project activities involve training and advisory services as well as research and networking efforts to provide national governments with the required expertise and knowledge to ensure policy responsiveness.
The activities are also geared to foster regional coordination of trade and economic development efforts, harmonize trade statistics, and facilitate the conceptualization of common approaches and methodologies for policy impact assessment.
The project is being implemented in close cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia over a three-year period, with funds from the United Nations Development Account.
Improved economic and trade policymaking capacities in the selected six Arab countries, with emphasis on conflict (war-torn) economies, drawing on internationally recognized standards of data and economic policy analysis that follow a development-driven approach to trade; and
Increased utilization by the selected countries of international established statistical methods and standards in the economic and trade policymaking processes addressing the issues of growth and regional integration.