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    Trade Talks: How ITC Can Help


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006

    ITC Programmes on Trade Talks

    While most of ITC's work focuses on helping nations improve their ability to supply goods and services that are competitive in world markets, these programmes are designed specifically to help countries strengthen their national negotiating positions for WTO trade talks:

    • World Tr@de Net is a set of national networks in 62 developing and transition economies to improve business advocacy on WTO issues. Members include business associations, governments, trade specialists, training institutions and universities. ITC supports them with events, materials and a web site to improve government-business dialogue and business participation in trade negotiations.

      Contact: worldtradenet@intracen.org
    • Business for Development regional workshops bring business leaders and government negotiators together to debate issues that shape national negotiating positions and contribute to a business advocacy culture.
    Contact: matile@intracen.org

    • JITAP, the Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Programme of ITC, UNCTAD and WTO, helps 16 African countries develop trade policy through inter-institutional committees, national reference centres and enquiry points on multilateral trade issues, as well as training and strategy development by sector.
    Contact: benfadhl@intracen.org

    • Market Access Map provides online customs tariffs and trade data of all WTO member countries, as well as most non-members. This information is scattered across many sources. Market Access Map brings it together, giving users an overview of market conditions and allowing negotiators to visualize alternative trade policy scenarios.
    Contact: macmap@intracen.org

    • TheGATS Project provides insight into developing country service markets and implications to strengthen them through better use of the General Agreement on Trade in Services and more intensive national dialogue on trade in services.
    Contact: schmid@intracen.org

    • The GATS Consultation Kit is an online tool to help service firms, associations and trade support institutions to identify trade constraints, understand GATS scheduling and learn about GATS provisions.
    Contact: services@intracen.org

    • Standards and Quality Management programmes help countries benefit from their rights under the WTO Agreements on technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) for market access.
    Contact: gujadhur@intracen.org

    ITC Publications on Trade Talks


    • Business Guide to Trade Remedies in the European Community (2004)
    • Business Guide to Trade Remedies in Canada (2003)
    • Business Guide to Trade Remedies in the United States (2003)
    • International Marketing and the Trading System (2001)
    • International Trade Rules: An answer book on WTO Agreements for small and medium-sized exporters (2001)
    • Trade in Services: An answer book for SMEs (2001)
    • Business Guide to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (2000)
    • Business Guide to the World Trading System (1999)
    Technical Papers
    • The WTO-SPS Agreement: A business perspective (2006)
    • The WTO-TBT Agreement: A business perspective (2005)
    • Business and the WTO Negotiations on Trade Facilitation (2005)
    • WTO Negotiations on the Agreement on Anti-dumping Practices (2005)
    • Business Advocacy in the Global Trading System (2005)
    • Business Guide to Trade Remedies in South Africa and the Southern African Customs Union (2004)
    • Business and the WTO Trade and Environment Negotiations (2004)
    • Anti-dumping Proceedings: Guidelines for Importers and Exporters (2002)
    • WTO Negotiations: Progress Reports (ongoing)
    • World Tr@de Net Newsletters:http://www.intracen.org/worldtradenet/

    "In particular, we encourage all Members to cooperate with the International Trade Centre, which complements WTO work by providing a platform for business to interact with trade negotiators, and practical advice for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from the multilateral trading system."

    WTO Ministerial Declaration adopted at Hong Kong, China, December 2005