Sixty certificates awarded to participants of UNCTAD's first course on non-tariff measures

27 October 2014

​UNCTAD’s Virtual Institute and the Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities has awarded the "UNCTAD Certified Non-Tariff Measures Data Collector Certificate" to 60 participants of the first online course on non-tariff measures.

The successful participants will be the first to be part of the newly created UNCTAD NTM Data Collector Roster.

The first edition of the online course on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Data Collection took place between 1 September and 19 October with participants from 48 countries.

It provided participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to identify, classify and report information about national NTMs.

The training was designed to support an international effort led by UNCTAD to improve access and increase transparency with regard to these measures.

NTMs are policy measures, other than ordinary customs duties, that can potentially have an economic effect on international trade in goods, changing quantities traded or prices, or both.

In today's globalized economy, the ability to gain market access and benefit from related opportunities depends increasingly on compliance with NTMs. The objective of the course was to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and tools needed to identify, classify and collect information about national NTMs.

The participants were policymakers from UNCTAD member States, representatives from regional organizations and researchers from universities and think tanks, as well as members of the Virtual Institute.