As a follow up to the first national workshop on WTO accessions issues that took place in March 2007, UNCTAD is assisting in the set up of a WTO Unit within the Ministry of Economy, Trade Directorate of Sao Tomé e Principe, as well as the inter-ministerial task force.
As part of this mission, UNCTAD will:
- Identify the future technical assistance activities to be provided by UNCTAD
- Examine the Terms of Reference (ToR), and prepare a work plan for future training courses and study tours for trade officials
- Identify a national consultant to support the inter-ministerial team in the preparation of the WTO accession required documents and data
- Launch a joint UNDP/UNCTAD project aiming at strengthening the Trade directorate´s capacity in managing and conducting the WTO accession process and related trade policy reforms and formulation
UNCTAD experts will meet with the Minister of Trade and various other government officials.