Trade Development & Integration

Ever increasing global trade flows presents a huge opportunity for developing countries. By tapping into global markets, developing countries can create sustainable jobs and incomes for millions of low-income people. Better regional integration also offers opportunities for countries to increase cross-border trade and improve food security. However, many developing countries have been unable to fully harness these gains, hampered by administrative barriers to trade, burdensome customs policies and distortionary trade and investment policies.

Adam Smith International has been working at the cutting edge of international trade reform for over 15 years. Over this time, we have worked extensively across developing and transitional countries with numerous donor agencies, such as the UK’s Department for International Development, to support governments in formulating trade policies, establishing national trade regimes that are World Trade Organisation-compliant and designing incentives to facilitate trade.

Our trade enhancement and economic integration capability includes:

  • WTO compliance and accession
  • Policy analysis of trade regimes
  • Addressing administrative barriers to trade and investment
  • Reform of customs policy, institutions and procedures
  • Trade facilitation including customs reform
  • Incentives analysis and removal of anti-export bias
  • Regional economic integration