Skip to Main Navigation


Improved transparency is a fundamental first step for governments to cooperate more on subsidies. A better understanding of the complexity, size, design, and effects of subsidy measures could facilitate and expedite discussions to strengthen multilateral rules.

Our understanding of subsidies remains uneven and incomplete; while information for some sectors is relatively developed, in others it remains at an earlier stage.  Filling important gaps in knowledge on the landscape of subsidies requires building greater transparency by governments at the national level and through international fora.  International organizations that invest in collecting information on subsidies can also do more, individually and collectively, to identify and measure subsidies.

This platform is a first step to enhance transparency by bringing together in a common space information on subsidies from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group (WBG), and World Trade Organization (WTO). The site will continue to be improved and suggestions are welcome.

About the Subsidy Platform

The Subsidy Platform is a joint effort by the staff of the IMF, OECD, World Bank Group, and WTO. Its purpose is to increase transparency on the use of subsidies across economies and sectors and to serve as a “one-stop shop” for information and analysis on subsidies respectively maintained by these organizations. Each organization uses its own definition, methodology, and coverage for the information it maintains. Thus, users of the portal should take note of those differences when using data and information from each organization.

The Subsidy Platform serves as a portal and redirects users to data and information that is separately hosted on the four institutions’ websites. Users should abide by the disclaimers, copyright and usage procedures, and citation information on the individual institutions’ sites, platforms, and databases. The joint hosting of the Subsidy Platform does not constitute an endorsement by the members of any of the four organizations of particular information accessible through this site.

Contact Us

Follow Us