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Joint IMPACT-SAFE Workshop on Non-Tariff Measures and Trade Promotion, and WTO Notification Training


12 - 13 October 2023
Tanoa International Dateline Hotel
Nuku’alofa
, Tonga

The Joint National Workshop on Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) and Trade Promotion will take place on 13 October 2023 from 9:00 – 17:15 at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The workshop is co-organized by the UNCTAD and the Pacific Community (SPC) under their respective projects called “Improving Pacific Island Customs and Trade (IMPACT)” and “Safe Agriculture trade Facilitation through Economic integration in the Pacific (SAFE)”. Both projects are funded by the European Union.

A broad spectrum of participants is expected to attend, ranging from government officials to private sector representatives. Invited participants are from various sectors and areas because NTMs affect almost all merchandise goods from agricultural products and food to petroleum, vehicles, and other manufactured products.

The first session of the workshop aims to sensitize participants to the impact of NTMs on trade and introduce the NTM component within the IMPACT project. UNCTAD will present the first ever collected NTM data of Tonga and demonstrate how to find market information of the European Union through the TRAINS Portal and Global Trade Helpdesk.

The second session of the workshop will allow government departments, including plant protection and trade, with inputs from the private sector, to discuss key challenges and opportunities for export. It aims to generate collective discussions on ways to address some of the issues and the type of assistance the projects may be able to provide.

The objective of the third session of the workshop is to inform participants about the work of the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (PoetCom) and assistance available to both public and private sector through the SAFE project. SPC will delve into sanitary and phytosanitary standards and biosecurity requirements – explaining why compliance is important and how trade (that is, businesses) are affected when biosecurity risks are detected.

The objective of the workshop is to increase the participants’ understanding on NTMs including SPS requirements and facilitate the discussion of how to address NTMs in view of trade promotion and other public objectives.

WTO Notification Training

The day before the workshop (12 October 2023)  UNCTAD will hold the WTO SPS and TBT Notification Training Session for the government officials to enhance their capacity of complying with transparency obligations under the WTO and other trade agreements such as the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

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Co-organizer(s):
The Pacific Community (SPC)
Sponsor / funding:
The European Union

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