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.
10 rue de l’Arquebuse
CH – 1204 GENEVA
+41 22 807 17 40