Technical Assistance to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

UNCTAD delivers demand-driven, tailor-made technical assistance to the least developed countries (LDCs).

Assistance is provided upon the request of countries or regional organizations.

UNCTAD has a clear mandate and expertise in supporting the LDCs to utilize trade preferences, and improve access to markets, as well as to advocate for their improvement at multilateral levels, including at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Technical cooperation to the LDCs takes several forms.

UNCTAD offers advisory services to the LDC countries at national level and as a group, especially the WTO LDC group.

Technical Assistance  

UNCTAD provides research, policy development and recommendations on Duty-Free and Quota-Free Market Access (DFQF) and Rules of Origin (RoO), promotes activities in support of trade in services, and works with national Governments and small, rural produces to harness the potential of Geographical Indications (GIs) for sustainable development.

In addition, Multilateral support to LDCs is developed through the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).

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