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Trade capacity building projects in more than 129 developing countries

Since 2001, USAID has provided more than US$5.67 billion through trade capacity-building programmes, helping more than 129 developing countries prepare government officials and private sector representatives to participate in trade negotiations and implement trade commitments, adopt trade-friendly policies, and improve commercial practices.

During the same timeframe, USAID has conducted an annual survey on behalf of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to identify and quantify the U.S. Government’s trade capacity-building activities in developing countries and transitional economies. It has implemented an online database that stores funding and activity level information on trade capacity-building programmes. This website offers access to the full set of that survey data, covering fiscal year 1999 to fiscal year 2011. The information is available at: Since 1999 the United States has committed nearly US$14.5 billion to trade capacity- building programmes.