In order to build and strengthen local capacity in beneficiary countries and enhance ownership, emphasis is increasingly put on partnerships, at varying levels of involvement with other providers or sponsors of TRTA. Such partnerships can relate to the design and execution of specific programmes, including the IF and JITAP, as well as to the general cooperation on TRTA with other agencies and organizations.

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In each geographical region partnerships are built and used for training purposes and for conducting joint activities. The nature of the partnership varies widely, depending on the institution, the contents of any signed undertakings, where they exist, and on the agreed objectives in the partnership arrangements.

The cooperation between institutions and partner agencies is reviewed regularly in view of ensuring synergies, relevance and maximum value-added. The partnerships are primarily pragmatic and aimed at reducing complex procedures and arrangements often associated with formal Memoranda of Understanding.

It is expected that partnerships will:

  • enrich the quality of training and technical activities by using existing capacity, expertise and facilities, where available, at the regional level and/or in Geneva. Moreover, such cooperation will facilitate the delivery of technical assistance and the dissemination of the WTO training programmes;
  • achieve greater coherence among providers of WTO related training and technical assistance;
  • gradually transfer ownership and building partnerships on technical assistance; and
  • optimize the use of resources available.


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