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.
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 Statement: H.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
Ms Poonam Mohun — International Trade Centre (ITC): Presentation on recent research on NTMs and ITC's series on company perspectives and NTMs.
Mr Jurgen Richtering — WTO: Presentation on the Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP)
|12:00 — 13:00||
National experiences — NTMs affecting exports
H.E. Mr Nimal Karunatilake (Sri Lanka)
Ms Patrice Laird-Grant, Minister Counsellor (Jamaica)
|15:00 — 16:00||
Building Capacity to Meet NTM Challenges
Presentation by H.E. Mr Shree Servansing on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States' (ACP) efforts to assist Members with NTMs
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”.
|16:00 — 16:15||
Closing Statement: H.E. Dr Marion Williams,
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).