WTO technical assistance and training

WTO’s Trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) activities and programmes are geared towards sustainable trade capacity-building in beneficiary countries.

Technical assistance and training are core elements of the development dimension so as to enhance the human and institutional capacities of beneficiaries to take full advantage of the rules-based 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).  At Geneva 2011, Ministers reiterated their commitment to contribute to the Global Trust Fund in a timely and predictable manner to provide Technical Assistance and Capacity Building.

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 individual activity. This entails responding to specific regional needs in line with the Progressive Learning Strategy to promote higher levels of learning and encourage the development of participants' autonomy. A Results-Based management approach is being taken for monitoring and evaluation of these activities in order to achieve key results.

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 relevant information WTO TRTA.

Links to the left side of the screen will direct you to related webpages.


TRTA news  back to top


Introduction  back to top

The Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC)

The Technical Assistance Management and Coordination

Financing of TRTA


The mandate  back to top

The 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 Ministerial Declaration.

Doha mandate
Doha mandate explained
Special and differential provisions
Hong 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 (TCA), was created in the Secretariat. The responsibility of the unit charged with this function was to ensure that the very significant financial and human resources engaged in WTO-administered technical assistance and training programmes were used to optimum effect. Its functions included providing 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. At the beginning of 2012, TCA became a part of ITTC. The new Technical Assistance Monitoring and Evaluation Section (TAME) introduced the  Results-Based  Management Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (RBM M&E), designed to provide a continuous flow of information to measure the progress being made towards the achievement of expected results. The Section 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 access additional relevant information on the website of the Global Trade-Related Technical Assistance Database (GTAD).


WTO technical assistance documents  back to top

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  • Technical assistance programmes including Technical Assistance Plans, WTO Programmes for Technical Cooperation and WTO Programmes for Training (Document code WT/COMTD/W/* and keyword “varies”)     > search
  • Annual reports including reports on: Technical Assistance, Technical Cooperation, Training and Technical Cooperation Audit (TCA) (Document code varies)     > search
  • Strategic review and management response (Document code WT/COMTD/W/152 & WT/COMTD/W/153)     > search
  • Press releases on donations for Technical Assistance (Document code varies)     > search
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  • Notes by the WTO Secretariat on Technical Cooperation (Document code WT/COMTD/* and keyword “Notes by the Secretariat and technical cooperation”)     > search

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