IDEAS CENTRE

Our Projects

“Sometimes a step back or away from an idea, task or project brings even more perspective, insight and clarity.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

Serbia accession

THE PROJECT Serbia started its independent process of accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2005, having spent four years negotiating accession in a joint bid with Montenegro as a part of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (formerly Federal Republic...

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ASEAN LDCs

THE PROJECT Background In 2016/2017 IDEAS Centre has implemented a DFAT-funded project to support Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar participation in trade negotiations and trade liberalization in a pragmatic, evidence-based and proactive way, grounded on their needs and...

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UEMOA Support for MC11

THE PROJECT L’article 84 du Traité de l’UEMOA indique que « l’Union conclut des accords internationaux dans le cadre de la politique commerciale commune » et que la Commission ouvre et conduit les négociations commerciales sur autorisation et suivant les directives du...

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Lao PDR post-accession

THE PROJECT Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) became the 158th member of the WTO on 2 February 2013. The country has used the accession process to modernize its trade regime and to adopt international best practices. During the 15-year accession process, Lao PDR...

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Myanmar trade strategy

THE PROJECT After years of isolation from the international community, the government of Myanmar initiated in 2011 a process of economic and political reforms with a view to open its market to trade and investment, to establish favourable a business environment, and...

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Capacity building with ECOWAS

THE PROJECT ECOWAS envisions progressing from a free trade area to a full customs union, and eventually a common market, to foster trade in the region.  In a bid to attaining its goals, it concluded, in January 2015, negotiations on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff...

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Liberia accession

THE PROJECT The Republic of Liberia submitted its application to accede to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 13 June 2007. The Working Party was established on 18 December 2007. The Chairperson of the Working Party is the former Swedish Ambassador to the WTO H.E....

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Mongolia

THE PROJECT Background Mongolia is landlocked developing economy seeking to fully integrate into the world trading system. As a staunch supporter of multilateralism, the country is famous for being the sole Member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) not a party to...

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Kyrgyz Republic

THE PROJECT Background The Kyrgyz Republic acceded to the WTO in late 1998 and has since been a major regional driving force in terms of trade regulation. With the second Trade Policy Review (TPR) of the Kyrgyz Republic taking place on 19-21 November 2013, the...

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Lao PDR accession

THE PROJECT Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is the last country from South East Asia that has acceded to the WTO (2 February 2013), although it has been seeking membership since 1997. The Working Party through which Lao PDR was negotiating the terms of its...

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The Cotton Project

THE PROJECT As a final note, here is an assessment of the “Cotton Project” and ten years of collaboration between the C4 and IDEAS Centre The project (in reality a series of phases) of support to the sectoral initiative for cotton proved to be a fascinating textbook...

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LDC accession to the WTO

THE PROJECT Background Accession to the WTO provides an opportunity for countries to integrate into the world economy and to implement economic and trade reforms, but the process entails huge efforts by acceding countries, in particular, least-developed countries...

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Lebanon accession

THE PROJECT Shortly after independence in 1943, Lebanon acceded to the GATT as a founding member in 1947 and became a model for social and economic development in the Middle East. The country was unable to participate to the Uruguay Round negotiations due to the civil...

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Tajikistan accession

THE PROJECT Tajikistan submitted its application for membership to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in May 2001. The Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime was submitted to the WTO in February 2003. After several periods of deadlocks, the negotiating process picked...

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Tunisia

THE PROJECT Background In 2008, bilateral negotiations between Tunisia and the EU for the integration of agriculture in the Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area were launched. At that time, three rounds of negotiations covering agriculture had been held. In view of the...

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Mozambique

THE PROJECT This project started in 2005 with the aim of strengthening the capacities of the Mozambican Government for the WTO negotiations on agriculture in the Doha Round. It aimed at facilitating the participation of Mozambique in the trade negotiation process by...

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Viet Nam accession

THE PROJECT The Vietnamese Government applied for World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership in 1994 and a Working Party was established in January 1995. On 2 May 1997, the Swiss Confederation and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam signed a...

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