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DEVELOPMENT: WORKSHOP Ś 23 OCTOBER 2013

Workshop on the effects of non-tariff measures (NTMs) on the exports of small economies

A workshop will be held at the WTO on Wednesday 23 October to examine the effects of non-tariff measures (NTMs) on the exports of small economies. The workshop aims to encourage discussion about how small states can better meet the various challenges which NTMs pose for exporters.

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The Workshop is being held under the auspices of the Committee on Trade and Development in Dedicated Session and will feature presentations by representatives from the International Trade Centre, from UNCTAD and the WTO on recent research on NTMs and data base tools to help exporters identify which NTMs most affect their exports. Government officials will also present how their countries are going about assisting exporters or what infrastructural or administrative changes they plan to implement to meet the key NTM requirements of their trading partners.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

10:00 — 10:30

Opening StatementH.E. Dr Marion Williams, Ambassador of Barbados, and Chair of the Committee on Trade and Development in Dedicated Session

Discussion of work on NTMs in the CTD's Dedicated Session and the WTO Secretariat's background paper

     
  10:30 — 12:00

International Organizations Session
Speakers:
Mr Alessandro Nicita — UNCTAD: Presentation on recent publication: “NTMS to Trade — Economic and Policy Issues for Development” and
Mr Ralf Peters — UNCTAD — NTM Transparency Programme and Data Collection
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Ms Poonam Mohun — International Trade Centre (ITC): Presentation on   recent research on NTMs and ITC's series on company perspectives and NTMs.  
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Mr Jurgen Richtering — WTO: Presentation on the Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP)
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  12:00 — 13:00

National experiences — NTMs affecting exports
Statements and Presentations by WTO Members

H.E. Mr Nimal Karunatilake (Sri Lanka)
> ITC Survey on NTMs: Sri Lanka Experience

Ms Patrice Laird-Grant, Minister Counsellor (Jamaica)
> ITC Country Study on NTMs — Jamaica

  

 
 
  15:00 — 16:00

Building Capacity to Meet NTM Challenges
Presentation by  Mr Pablo Jenkins on the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) on multi‑criteria decision-analysis to prioritize sanitary and phytosanitary investment options and market access
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Presentation by H.E. Mr Shree Servansing on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States' (ACP) efforts to assist Members with NTMs
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Statements and Presentations by Selected Members and Inter‑governmental organizations

Presentation by Ms Sylvie Coulon, European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO).  “Turning NTM challenges into opportunities: Examples of EU capacity building programmes for ACP countries in the SPS area”.
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  16:00 — 16:15

Closing Statement:  H.E. Dr Marion Williams,
Ambassador of Barbados, and Chair of the Committee on Trade and Development in Dedicated Session

 
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Publication

A background paper “Further Examination of the Effects of Non-Tariff Measures on the Exports of Small Economies” by the WTO secretariat is available here: WT/COMTD/SE/W/28).