Since 2002, IDEAS Centre has accumulated substantial experience in dealing with WTO accession.
Since 2002, IDEAS Centre has accumulated substantial experience in dealing with WTO accession. The Centre currently assists Serbia in its accession process and has provided accession-related support to Lao PDR (2006-2013), Montenegro (2005-2012) and Vietnam (2002-2007) until their accession to the WTO as well as Liberia (2012), Lebanon and Tajikistan (2005-2011). The Centre has also implemented post-accession projects in Lao PDR and Montenegro following the completion of their accession processes.
In general, the Centre provides support to the beneficiary country throughout the accession process y(preparation of accession documents, support in bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral negotiations, policy and legal advice to achieve WTO compliance in line with country’s development interests, capacity building and institutional reform, background analysis, etc.) and discusses with the acceding Government its concerns and constraints. The Centre helps identify the country’s needs in terms of the process, organization, timing and assistance.
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