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  • HOW TO INFLUENCE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

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    Trade negotiations, trade rules and liberalisation commitments. These all affect businesses operating in international markets.  It is crucial for companies and trade support institutions to understand the processes, rules and commercial implications so that they may influence the decisions.

    Information

    International trade negotiations are complex processes, involving dozens or more players who may each represent different interests. Businesses and their associations must learn how to influence such negotiations, nationally and internationally, in order to best position themselves to benefit from the evolving global trading environment.
     

    ITC assists the business community in understanding the commercial implications of  multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations, and in empowering enterprises to articulate their interest and priorities to trade negotiators.  

    The business community is, in many ways, critical to the various forms of trade negotiations in the WTO forum. For example, it is the business community that can identify trade barriers maintained by other members. The business community also plays an important role in putting forward new concepts and ideas that the government negotiators may want to accept and support. 

    Engagement of the private sector in consultations throughout the negotiating process leads, above all, to better acceptance of the results of these negotiations. 

    Data and Research

    ITC provides regular, up-to-date information on trade negotiations and publications explaining the rules of the international trading system.

    Advisory Services

    ITC’s advisory services establish and strengthen the mechanisms for public-private dialogue. Business-government dialogue is important because trade policy is not only about gains from trade, it is also about redistribution of income between producers, consumers and government, and about social welfare.
     

    ITC provides expert meetings on key issues, capacity building and training programmes, and country programmes. We also guide stakeholders to develop coherence among trade policy and regulatory regimes for export development. 

    Ongoing Projects:    

    • Business & Trade Policy: Training on "Trade Policy for Business Managers"
    • Support for WTO Accession in LDCs
    • African regional integration and EPAs

    Training

    We currently offer no training services in this area.
     

    Projects

    Expand this section to see our ongoing projects.
     
    • Business & Trade Policy: Training on 'Trade Policy for Business Managers'
    • Support for WTO Accession in LDCs
    • African regional integration and EPAs
  • Highlights

    24.10.2013

    (ADDIS ABABA) Ms. Arancha González, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), outlined the agency’s planned US$ 60 million African trade integration programme at the annual conference of African Union (AU) trade ministers today....

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    15.07.2013

    Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade provided opportunity to strengthen trade and development cooperation between ITC and partner countries

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    01.03.2013

    Ethiopia should assess the potential benefits of liberalization of its services sector as a means to fulfil its own ambitions for growth and development in the upcoming negotiations for the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This...

    Russia joins WTO
    28.08.2012

    ITC looks forward to support businesses coping with new opportunities and challenges as Russia and Vanuatu become the trade body’s 156th and 157th members.

    05.06.2012

    ITC’s Trade Support and Regional Integration Programme for the Côte d’Ivoire (PACIR) will on 7 and 8 June host a workshop in Abidjan to inform and discuss about the commercial aspects and implications of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). ITC will...

    05.06.2012

    ITC’s Trade Support and Regional Integration Programme for the Côte d’Ivoire (PACIR) will on 7 and 8 June host a workshop in Abidjan to inform and discuss about the commercial aspects and implications of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). ITC will...

    20.02.2012

    The Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD), the World Trade Institute (WTI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) met on 20 January 2012 at WTI in Bern, Switzerland, to review progress on the first year of their partnership agreement...

    09.02.2012

    Ethiopia has a better chance of becoming a member of the World Trade Organization than any other least-developed country, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said. This is largely due to Ethiopia's status as the second-most populous African nation, with more than 82 million inhabitants, even though other LDCs have bigger economies, Lamy told Mulu Solomon, president of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, on January 30 in Addis Ababa...

    01.10.2011

    Development aid has targeted food security and agri-business for more than 40 years, but has yet to succeed in overcoming the imbalance between supply and demand. Nor has it made much impact on reducing hunger and rural poverty among communities that...

    30.06.2011

    ITC Deputy Executive Director addresses annual advisory group meeting Addressing the annual Joint Advisory (JAG) meeting, Jean-Marie Paugam, Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) emphasized four innovative contributions...