Rules of Origin for the Least Developed Countries

Since its inception, UNCTAD has assisted government in developing preferential rules of origin (RoO), starting from the RoO from the Generalized System of Preferences.

UNCTAD assists Governments in negotiating and drafting RoO under preferential trade agreements as well as non-preferential rules of origin.

Most recently UNCTAD's technical assistance has focused on the implementation of the WTO's 2005 Hong Kong decision on DFQF, and understanding and drafting RoO.

UNCTAD assists the least developed countries (LDC) group of the WTO in the elaboration of proposals on RoO, and in preparations for the negotiations of the Committee on Rules of Origin (CRO).

Assistance is also provided through one-on-one training sessions, the drafting of advisory memoranda, and the elaboration of background documents, briefing notes and presentations.

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In 2015, UNCTAD launched a training and research partnership with the European University Institute specifically targeted to LDCs. Executive trainings enhance the skills and knowledge of officials from LDCs, equipping them with the necessary tools to devise a negotiating strategy on preferential RoO.



13 December 2017At MC11, new research shows convergence on rules of origin is happening
08 December 2017All goods are not created equal: a Q&A on rules of origin with Stefano Inama
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13 April 2016Helping Cambodia prepare for growing competition as neighboring countries sign free trade agreements
12 April 2016UNCTAD and the European University Institute organize training on Rules of Origin
26 May 2015Helping Least Developed Countries prepare for WTO Committee on rules of origin
19 November 2013Assisting the Least Developed Countries on preparation for 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia (3-6 December 2013)
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22 July 2013Panel discusses Cambodia: bicycle industry challenges and the fate of trade benefits




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