Online course on Economic Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures

04 octobre - 19 novembre 2021

The ability to gain and to benefit from market access opportunities depends increasingly on compliance with non-tariff measures (NTMs) – all policy interventions other than tariffs that can potentially affect the quantities and the prices of internationally traded goods, such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical regulations and norms. These measures represent a major challenge for exporters, importers and policymakers. Although many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives, such as the protection of public health or the environment, they may affect trade and can unintentionally become discriminatory against smaller exporters and poorer countries. It is therefore important for developing countries to understand the use of NTMs and their implications for the formulation and implementation of effective development strategies.

Measurement of NTMs is more complex than that of any other trade policy instrument such as tariffs given their variety and the difficulty of assessing their restrictiveness.

In this context, UNCTAD's Trade Analysis Branch has developed an online training course on Economic Analysis of NTMs to introduce the main empirical approaches used to assess the impact of NTMs on bilateral trade flows. This course, alongside with the introductory course on NTMs, and the course on NTMs and data collection, is part of UNCTAD’s efforts to provide to the public a comprehensive knowledge of NTMs: the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST) NTM classification, NTM data collection approach, NTMs’ effects on trade and development, as well as to create a platform to facilitate discussion on NTMs among governments, trade practitioners, and researchers.  
The course targets audiences who are working in trade and/or development field, such as government officials, researchers, and representatives of the private sectors. We especially encourage participants who want to strengthen their understanding of NTMs, use NTM data, and/or who are or may be involved in the design or negotiation of policies related to NTMs. The course may also benefit to participants involved in the regulatory cooperation and harmonization of NTMs across countries/sectors, and participants involved in the resolution of trade frictions related to NTMs.

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Deadline to register for the course is 26 September 2021.

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