Technical assistance to help WTO Members and Observers to conduct a
self assessment of needs and priorities in the WTO trade facilitation
Goal: to help understanding of the implication of implementation of
proposed trade facilitation measures; to assist with more effective
negotiation on the proposed measures, special and differential treatment
and technical assistance; and to assist with preparation of
Provided on request upon receipt of an official letter of request and
a notification of coordinators and stakeholders.
Funded by WTO Members through a special trust fund.
Offered in addition to the normal WTO technical assistance program.
To be conducted over a 2 year period beginning in September 2007.
Conducted with the use of a specially developed Needs Assessment Guide
that is based on Members' proposals. (TN/TF/W/143).
Needs Assessment duration: one week.
Delivery: these self-assessments are conducted in working groups that
conclude with participant presentations of results to high-level
officials on the final day. They are run by expert facilitators from the
WTO Secretariat, Annex D organizations or donor Members.
Materials: the Guide and all necessary materials will be provided by
the WTO Secretariat.