Technical assistance and training are core elements of the development dimension of the Multilateral Trading System, as confirmed by Ministers at Doha (December 2001). This was again underlined and further strengthened at the Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, China (December 2005).
Within the WTO Secretariat, TRTA is coordinated by the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), based on the technical assistance and training plans (the TA Plans). The Committee on Trade and Development is the regular body overseeing all TRTA activities.
These web pages follow the logic of the TA Plan, which contains detailed information on all of the WTO Secretariat's TA “products”, as well as on each individual activity. Once date and venue for an activity are confirmed all the relevant information, e.g. objectives, target audience, application requirements, and any relevant reading and training material are summarized in an “activity sheet”.
By selecting one of the links on the right side of the screen you can access the products contained in the TA Plan and consult any relevant information on the Secretariat's TRTA.
Links to the left side of the screen will direct you to other relevant websites.
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The Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC)
The Technical Assistance Management Committee (TAMC)
Financing of TRTA
The mandate back to top
WTO mandate to carry out technical cooperation activities is provided
for in various WTO agreements and decisions. This mandate was
clarified and further enhanced in several paragraphs of the Doha
> Doha mandate
> Special and
Kong Ministerial Declaration (paragraphs 52-54)
WTO TRTA in collaboration with other agencies back to top
The WTO manages several technical cooperation programmes in collaboration with other international agencies. More information.
Monitoring and evaluation back to top
In April 2001, a new function, the Technical Cooperation Audit, was created in the Secretariat. The responsibility of the unit charged with this function is to ensure that the very significant financial and human resources engaged in WTO-administered technical assistance and training programmes are used to optimum effect. It provides feedback to the Members, to the Secretariat (the technical assistance providers), and to donors to WTO's funds for trade-related technical assistance and capacity building. For this purpose, it uses a methodology developed specifically with WTO's programmes in mind, and submits an
annual report to the CTD.
WTO TRTA activities: the products matrix back to top
The products matrix lists all TRTA activities included in the annual TA Plan. From this page, you can also access relevant information for each activity, which is contained in so-called “activity sheets”.
technical assistance documents back to top