In recent years, the agenda to support trade growth has moved beyond
trade policy to embrace a wider set of 'behind the border'
issues, focused on establishing an environment conducive to the
emergence of firms that are competitive in both export and domestic
markets. At the operational level, policymakers are increasingly
requesting analytical support to understand the factors impacting
competitiveness in current traded sectors, along with the prospects for
diversification. In this context, the International Trade Department
(PRMTR) has developed a Trade Competitiveness Diagnostic Toolkit (TCD).
The TCD is a simple guide that facilitates a systematic assessment of a
country's position, performance, and capabilities in export
markets. The TCD combines quantitative analysis – including
comparison of the country against global averages, regional and
income-level peers – with an emphasis on in-depth, qualitative
analysis, focusing on in-country interviews with key stakeholders
across trade value chains. The TCD includes two components:
- Trade Outcomes Analysis: a quantitative and
qualitative analysis of historical trade organized around four
components: 1.) the intensive margin, with a focus on the level and
growth of exports as well as market share performance; 2.) the
extensive margin, including diversification of both products and
markets; 3.) the quality margin, focusing on the quality or
sophistication of exports; and 4.) the sustainability margin, including
the participation and survival of firms in export markets.
- Competitiveness Diagnostics: cover a broad set of
factors that impact trade performance, organized around three themes:
1.) The incentive framework for trade, including an analysis of trade
and investment policy, and the business regulatory environment; 2.)
Factor inputs, productivity, and trade costs, including issues of
labor, technical efficiency, access to inputs and backbone services,
and trade and logistics; and 3.) Proactive policies to support trade,
including standards, export promotion, and spatial industrial policies
like clusters and economic zones.
The toolkit will be of particular interest to economists at
development banks and donor agencies, government practitioners involved
in analyzing trade performance, and academics and researchers in the
area of trade and development economics.
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