Getting Past Non-Tariff Measures: Reducing Costs for Business.

Joint ITC-UK-Côte d'Ivoire side event at the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 16:30-18:00, Room S2, WTO


The rising number of NTMs reflects higher consumer expectations for product quality and safety. This session will present how businesses experience NTMs, based on ITC surveys in 23 developing countries. Their common concerns offer evidence to design policy and regulatory changes that are most effective to reduce trade costs.

ITC will launch the web site and publication outlining the collective findings of these NTM business surveys during the event.


Exporter Perspectives
Exporters share experiences with NTMs encountered in daily business operations:
Ms. Archana Bhatnagar, Owner, Haylide Chemicals Green Cleaning Company, India
Mr. Chusak Chuenprayoth, President, Kamphaeng-saen Commercial (KC Fresh) and Director, Board of Trade of Thailand

NTM advocacy: Making the voice of the private sector heard
ITC Executive Director Arancha González will highlight the ITC advocacy role through surveys, public-private dialogue, initiatives to reduce information asymmetries, and targeted trade assistance.

Setting the scene for NTM transparency: Engaging the private sector
Dr. Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, EU Commission

Business-government dialogue: The case of Côte d’Ivoire
Mr. Nazaire Gounongbe, Cabinet Director, Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Trade and investment support institutions: The advocacy role
H.E. Israhyananda Dhalladoo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mauritius to the WTO

The donor perspective: influencing trade assistance
H.E. Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the WTO

NTM business surveys online
ITC launches its new website featuring NTM business survey results

About the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade

The Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade will explore how to reduce high trade costs, which act as a brake on the integration of many developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) into international trade. To release the brake and deliver inclusive, sustainable growth envisioned by the emerging post-2015 development agenda, the Review will discuss how trade costs affect developing countries' competitiveness and their ability to connect to regional and global value chains and what action needs to be taken by the different stakeholders to address this issue.