The overall objective of the programme is to promote inclusive and sustainable development through international trade. It offers analysis and advice and seeks to build consensus, strengthen capacity and promote partnerships for trade policy, trade negotiations, trade in goods and services, competition law and consumer protection, and managing issues arising at the intersection of trade, the environment and climate change.
08 August 2012Lao PDR on target to complete WTO accession process in 2012
The Lao People's Democratic Republic, a land-locked LDC, is set to complete its WTO accession process by the end of this year. "The Lao PDR has come a long way this past decade ... we have made a herculean effort," said Dr. Nam Vinhaket, Minister of Industry and Commerce.
30 July 2012Iron ore production and trade set new records in 2011, UNCTAD report says
The world iron ore market achieved an all-time high for production in 2011 of 1.92 billion tons, UNCTAD’s Iron Ore Market 2011–2013 reports. But uncertainty over prices and decrease of corporate concentration signal tight conditions for several years to come, the study concludes.
03 July 2012Joint UNCTAD-WTO handbook on trade policy analysis launched
A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis, co-published by the WTO and UNCTAD's Virtual Institute has been launched. WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy and UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi describe it as a "state-of-the-art" tool for policy analysis and a contribution to a more level playing field in trade relations.
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