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Implementing a National Export Strategy

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At its best, strategic planning for an export strategy combines learning from the past, exploring the future and coping with unpredictability. This handbook explains how the Commonwealth Secretariat helps countries develop national export strategies with a clear purpose, strategies that are actionoriented, and which recognise the interrelationship between technological, economic, social, political and cultural aspects of society. It will be useful for all government economic planners, particularly in developing countries, who are concerned to learn from experience in developing and implementing national export strategies as part of the drive for national economic development.

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Technical Assistance and Strategy Development

Technical assistance is generally defined as any form of aid given to less developed countries by international organisations such as the United Nations and its agencies, individual governments, foundations and philanthropic institutions. The objective of technical assistance is to provide those countries with the expertise needed to promote economic development. More specifically, the World Bank defines technical assistance as the transfer of ideas, practices, knowledge, technologies or skills with the objective of fostering economic development. Technical assistance is classified according to the function it performs, for example, policy or institutional development, capacity building or programme support. National export strategy projects fall under the category of ‘capacity building’.

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