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Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy enhances policy, productive, institutional, regulatory and human capacities in developing countries to enable them to trade and participate beneficially in the international trading system.

UNCTAD's Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch achieves this objective through:

1. Policy-oriented research and analysis to enhance the contribution of trade to development, for example:

  • Advisory services and analysis pertaining to the formulation of services and trade policies resulting in publications such as Services Policy Reviews and Trade Policy Frameworks.

  • Reports about the evolution of the international trading system, monitoring and assessing its trends from a development perspective, with particular attention to its potential contribution to Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Analysis of current and emerging issues in multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations, and their implications from a development perspective.

  • Research and analysis on enhancing the impact of migrants' remittances on development, including their social and economic benefits, reducing their transaction costs and expanding access to financial services.

2. Technical assistance and capacity building activities, for example:

  • Tailored training activities for trade negotiators and other national or regional stakeholders from developing countries to build the capacity of individuals and institutions to negotiate and implement trade agreements.

  • Advisory services to negotiators, trade policy makers and other stakeholders of developing countries, on trade negotiations and commercial diplomacy, to enhance their understanding of implications or technical issues arising from negotiations and implementation of trade agreements, taking into account their specific interests and adopting a development perspective.

  • Support provided to developing countries and economies in transition before, during and in the follow up of the process of accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), to facilitate their accession to WTO on terms consistent with their levels of development, and their ability to implement obligations associated with WTO membership.

  • Assisting developing countries to understand preferential and non-preferential rules of origin, as well as laws and regulations governing market access conditions, to increase their trading opportunities under preferential arrangements such as duty-free and quota free schemes and GSP

3. Consensus-building and experience sharing activities on reforms linking trade and development policies.

TNCD inter-governmental meetings provide a platform to facilitate learning from countries experiences and practice in:

  • Formulating trade and services policies, for improved development outcomes in both areas

  • Strengthening regulation and institutions regarding trade and services, , for improved development outcomes in both areas

  • Developing cooperative mechanisms for enhancing supply and trade capacity, efficiency and competitiveness


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