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  • ITC SEMINAR SERIES - NON-TARIFF MEASURES: New challenges and the road ahead

    When: 03 February 2012 09:00 - 12:30

    Where: The Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva

    Description:

    Non-tariff measures (NTMs) have become a major impediment to international trade and are of particular concern to exporters seeking access to foreign markets and needing to comply with a range of technical regulations, product standards, customs procedures and other requirements. ITC’s upcoming seminar ‘Non-tariff Measures: New challenges and the road ahead’ explores the impact of NTMs on developing countries.

    With NTMs on the rise, private and public sector decision makers are increasingly concerned about their potential impact on trade. In 2010 the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched a three-year programme to survey enterprises in developing countries about their experiences with NTMs as obstacles to trade. Based on national survey results thus far, NTMs are clearly one of the greatest challenges to exporters from developing countries who often lack the information, capabilities and facilities to meet the complex requirements and demonstrate compliance at reasonable cost.

    To take stock of NTMs and discuss the results of national surveys, ITC is hosting a seminar on Friday, 3 February from 9:00-12:30 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva. The seminar, part of an ITC Seminar Series on Trade for Development, will explore the impact of NTMs on developing countries and how impact varies depending on the products exported, destination markets and the business environment of the exporting country.

    The keynote speaker, Alan V. Deardorff (Read presentation here), Professor of International Economics at the University of Michigan, is a leading expert in the field and has made an important contribution to the international debate on NTMs.

    Other NTM experts who will join the discussion are:

    H. E. Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to the WTO

    Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, and Former Bangladesh Ambassador to the WTO, the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva (Read presentation here)

    Guillermo Valles, Director, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities (DITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

    Lionel Fontagné, Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics, University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne

    Mohamed Helmy Helal, President, Futek Egyptian Micro Electronics, President, G.E. Lighting Controls LTD. HK. and Asia, President, Association of Energy Efficiency Engineers

    Mondher Mimouni, Chief ad-interim, Market Analysis and Research section, Division of Market Development, ITC. (Read presentation here)

    Programme 

    Event summary

    Reservations are required for attendance. Please contact communications@intracen.org by 27 January 2012. The event will be held in English and will be followed by a networking reception.

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    During the ITC seminar series "Non-Tariff Measures: New challenges and the road ahead" on 3 February 2012, at the Intercontinental Hotel Geneva, speaker Dr. Bhattacharya explained how the rise of NTMs creates a triple jeopardy for least developed countries (LDCs). 

     
    During the ITC seminar series "Non-Tariff Measures: New challenges and the road ahead" on 3 February 2012, at the Intercontinental Hotel Geneva, speaker Dr. Bhattacharya explained the importance of the membership and participation of least developed countries (LDCs) in the WTO. 

     
    During the ITC seminar series "Non-Tariff Measures: New challenges and the road ahead" on 3 February 2012, at the Intercontinental Hotel Geneva, keynote speaker Dr. Alan V. Deardorff talked about the reasons for the severity and interference of NTMs in developing countries.