PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENTIDEAS Centre
“How to make trade and economic integration produce better results for development”
IDEAS Centre is an independent, non-profit organisation
Dedicated to assist low-income countries integrating into the world trading system in a way that supports their national poverty reduction levels and economic development efforts.
IDEAS Centre was created in 2002 by the late Arthur Dunkel, former GATT Director-General, and by Nicolas Imboden, former Trade Delegate and Ambassador in charge of Swiss economic cooperation with developing countries.
The Centre offers practical, results-oriented advisory services. It executes projects aimed at strengthening the capacities of developing/transition country governments to shape both their domestic and international economic policies that affect them.
The overall goal of our projects is to empower developing economies
Using their WTO membership (or accession process) in a way that promotes their country’s sustainable development objectives.
Deepening their understanding of development challenges and linkages with trade and WTO rules as well as improving policy coherence.
Supporting them through more effective participation in international trade forums and negotiations by harnessing the free market forces and rules of a liberal world trade system to achieve poverty alleviation and economic growth.
IDEAS Centre wants to contribute to international discussions on WTO institutional reforms and to encourage global cooperation for “win-win” solutions on the trade and development interface.
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