Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities UNCTAD UNCTAD's Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Short courses for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Non-Tariff Barriers: UNCTAD's new initiative

Palais des Nations, Geneva
October 30, 2009


With tariff reductions through multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, the importance of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to control international trade has been growing in recent years. Developing a comprehensive database on NTBs is thus becoming an urgent requirement, whether to negotiate their reduction or elimination with partner countries, or to build capacity at home to meet additional requirements imposed. UNCTAD, having had one of the most comprehensive databases on NTBs in the past in its Trade Analysis and Information System (TRAINS), took a new initiative in 2006 to collect, disseminate and quantify NTBs with an establishment of  the Group of Eminent Persons on Non-Tariff Barriers (GNTB). The course will introduce the work that followed the first meeting of GNTB in July 2006, a multi-agency effort involving seven other international agencies (FAO, IMF, ITC, OECD, UNIDO, World Bank and WTO). It will also present some preliminary results from a pilot project on NTBs in several developing countries that has been executed jointly by UNCTAD and ITC on behalf of the multi-agency team, and will make a proposal for a global project.

Delivered by: Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities



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