Economic Growth

Driving trade, technology, agriculture, business, and financial services to create jobs, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.

Trade

We work with countries and businesses to increase trade in local, regional, and international markets. Whether facilitating accession to the World Trade Organization, assisting in regional trade negotiations, advising and implementing policy reforms, expanding market access, promoting trade, or helping clients meet the requirements to enter markets, our economic growth specialists have worked with policy makers and enterprises to provide them with the needed analysis, skills, and implementation support.

Our global footprint enhances our ability to make global market linkages and our expertise in public-private collaboration provides the foundation on which we have helped a wide range of sectors and businesses—including small women-owned businesses—to access world markets and large suppliers. Expertise in development and corporate social responsibility allows us to bridge the corporate and development worlds and ensure that the benefits of trade accrue at all levels.

Our Experts


Peter Brimble has worked extensively in Central, Southeast, and North Asia on industrial efficiency, investment promotion, foreign direct investment, private sector development, and public policy issues.

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Gareth Davies is a Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist with DAI and a nine-time Chief of Party managing projects focused on complex economic, trade an public financial management reforms.

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Juan Estrada-Valle is an international expert in agriculture, trade, investment, and stability.

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Fiona Shera has more than 25 years of experience in international development, with a strong focus on trade. In addition to providing technical leadership on DAI’s trade work, she is Technical Director of the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund, covering Egypt and Jordan.

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Mark Walter is an international development lawyer specializing in the business-enabling environment, commercial dispute resolution, trade policy reform and assessment, and drafting and implementation of commercial law.

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Geoffrey Wright is a senior trade and regulatory reform leader with 26 years of experience.

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Our Projects


Southern Africa—Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub)

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub engages with partners across Southern Africa to deepen regional economic integration, promote two-way trade with the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and attract investment that drives commercial expansion within the region and globally.

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Worldwide—Trade, Private Sector Development, and Engagement (TPSD/E) Facility

The Trade, Private Sector Development, and Engagement Facility helps shape and implement new policies related to Aid for Trade and regional integration programmes.

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Serbia—Trade Ready

Trade Ready Serbia is strengthening the capacity of small businesses to access trade finance and stimulating local banks to offer trade finance products that will help support economic growth and job creation.

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Vietnam—Technical Assistance for the ARISE+ Programme

The EuropeAid project Technical Assistance for the ARISE+ Programme aims to provide technical assistance to the Vietnamese Government to maximise Vietnam’s benefits from preferential trade regimes, with a focus on regional agreements and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and Investment Protection Agreement.

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Lebanon—Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Activity

The Trade and Investment Facilitation Activity works to boost the exports of Lebanese goods and services, facilitate investment in Lebanese enterprises, and improve the business and investment enabling environment in Lebanon.

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Burma—Responsible Investment and Trade Activity (RITA)

The Burma Responsible Investment and Trade Activity increases responsible trade and private sector investment by improving corporate governance, business transparency, and competitiveness in Myanmar.

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