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Mr. Brad J. McDonald, Rob Gregory, and Ms. Katrin Elborgh-Woytek
The actions proposed here focus on trade integration, substantially increasing exports of the poorest countries and helping them to meet the Millennium Development Goals. As the foundation for these ambitions, we emphasize the role of a secure, open global trading environment—strengthened further by concluding the WTO Doha Round. From this base, the poorest countries also need better trade preferences from the advanced and major emerging market countries (EMs). Building the capacity to take advantage of trade opportunities will require support from the international community and policy reforms—such as to trade regimes—by the poorest countries themselves. The Fifteen Point Action Plan proposed here could increase annual exports of the least-developed countries (LDCs) by $10 billion or more, with additional benefits for other Low-Income Countries (LICs).
Mr. Brad J. McDonald, Rob Gregory, and Ms. Katrin Elborgh-Woytek

focused at the national level) and improving the capacity of local partners, such as regional secretariats. Enhancing support for regional integration strategies is a specific objective in the 2010–11 Aid for Trade Work Program of the WTO Committee on Trade and Development ( WTO, 2009 ). Action 14: LICs Should Reform Their Own Trade and Tax Regimes 33. LIC trade regimes have improved, but a considerable anti-trade bias remains . This bias reflects moderate to high average levels of protection, and uneven and unstable tariffs, trade-related taxes, and other