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Transparency matters: The unseen impact of Non-Tariff Measures
11 December 2017
5.30-7 p.m. Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martin 1225/1275, 1104 Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Key Issues


High level policy makers have an interactive discussion on trade related regulations. The discussion shall contribute to the negotiations at MC11 and highlight the importance of trade-related regulations and transparency on NTMs. A report by the World Bank and UNCTAD on a NTMs database and relevant statistics will be launched during the event.


The future work of the global transparency initiative on non-tariff measures shall respond to the specific needs raised by the discussants. Furthermore, deliberations on impact assessment based on the TRAINS database can help addressing the complex effects of NTMs. This helps policy makers on regional and multilateral deep economic integration and in good regulatory practices.


Key Issues:

  1. How can it be ensured that regulatory policies contribute to economic, social and environmental objectives?
  2. What kind of information is required by the developing countries’ private sector to overcome trade obstacles?
  3. How can policy makers and exporters benefit from UNCTAD’s NTMs database?
  4. What lessons can be learned from the analysis of the database?
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Expected Outcome:

Guidance about the information needs of policy makers and exporters with respect to NTMs. Visibility of the largest NTMs database for the benefit of developing countries’ market access, economic integration and good regulatory practices.


Ms. Anabel Gonzalez Senior Director and Head of Delegation, World Bank

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi Secretary-General UNCTAD


H.E. Mr. Rodolfo Nin Novoa Minister of Foreign Relations, Uruguay
H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda
H.E. Mr. Albert M. Muchanga Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union Commission
H.E. Mr. Mitsunari OKAMOTO Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
H.E. Mr. Eldar Abakirov Deputy Minister of economy of the Kyrgyz Republic
H.E. Mr. Walter Werner Ambassador of Germany to the WTO (Report about G20 chairmanship)
H.E. Mr. Alejandro de la Peña Navarrete Secretary General, Aladi
Ms. Arancha Gonzalez Executive Director of International Trade Center
In Partnership With  
World Bank  
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Bonapas Onguglo, Ralf Peters
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