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New Zealand’s Aid for Trade supports Pacific economic resilience and prosperity

Pacific economies are overwhelmingly made up of small and micro enterprises that face a range of challenges to trading in international markets.  Many of these challenges can be mitigated by closer regional collaboration and targeted Aid for Trade investments across the Pacific region.

Aid for Trade is an initiative developed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to promote development assistance to developing countries to improve their ability to reap the benefits of trade liberalisation. Aotearoa New Zealand is a participating donor in this initiative, with a focus on enabling better outcomes for the Pacific.

New Zealand’s commitment to supporting Pacific Trade

Aotearoa New Zealand agreed to an Aid for Trade funding target for the Pacific of 20% of our total development support for five years from the signing of PACER Plus in December 2020. Although this commitment is derived from PACER Plus, our Aid for Trade support is not limited to PACER Plus signatories and so is available to all our Pacific partner countries.

Our Aid for Trade support is focused on providing Pacific governments and businesses with the necessary support and know-how to benefit from trade liberalisation, along with improving regional trading infrastructure.

Aotearoa New Zealand's framework for Aid for Trade support to the Pacific:

How much is New Zealand’s Aid for Trade support?

A graph showing Aotearoa New Zealand's spend in the Pacific.
From the 2019 to 2022 financial years, New Zealand assisted Pacific partners with increased budget support and other country priorities. Therefore during the COVID pandemic, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Aid for Trade spend in the Pacific subsided and has since rebounded towards our target.

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