Multilateral trade negotiations
IDEAS Centre provides advice and capacity building on the WTO trade negotiations to developing and transition economies with the aim of contributing to their effective and informed participation therein, in line with their development interests. Negotiating advice is provided on horizontal and systematic issues, as well as on various negotiating topics, and can directly benefit both Geneva delegates and/or capital-based negotiators and officials.
WTO accession and post-accession
IDEAS Centre assists countries in their accession process to the WTO. It provides developing countries and transition economies custom-made advice in trade negotiations across all stages of the accession process, including the necessary capacity building for government, private stakeholders, media, academia and parlamentarians. In the post-accession phase, IDEAS Centre supports recently-acceded Members to implement their accession obligations, to build up the capacities of the often renewed staff and to participate proactively in WTO negotiations.
IDEAS Centre supports developing and transition countries in elaborating and implementing trade policies as well as in preparations for their periodical WTO Trade Policy Review and/or using the results of this exercise as an instrument to develop policies in line with the country’s overall development objectives. It also seeks to highlight the technical assistance and capacity-building needs the country requires in order to shape up a coherent and global approach.
IDEAS Centre assists governments and regional entities in negotiations within regional groupings or with partners outside the grouping to ensure coherence in the regional integration process. Our assistance include strategic and negotiating advice, institution-building as well as capacity-building/training.
IDEAS Centre offers tailor-made training and capacity-building programmes on the World Trade Organisation (WTO), specific trade-related issues, WTO accession, WTO negotiations as well as negotiations strategy and tactics. These programmes can be delivered to government civil servants, organisations, civil society or the private sector and are adapted to the needs of the client.
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