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Non-Tariff Measures in World Trade, UNCTAD and ICPE Workshop, 8-9 October 2014

The ability to gain and to benefit from market access depends increasingly on compliance with trade regulatory measures such as sanitary requirements and goods standards. These Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) represent a challenge for exporters, importers and policy makers. Many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives like the protection of public health or the environment while affecting trade de facto through procedural requirements. NTMs can unintentionally be discriminatory against smaller exporters and certain countries. Regardless of the legitimacy and intention, NTMs are thought to have important restrictive and distortionary effects on international trade - higher than tariffs. For example, the overall trade restrictiveness that includes both tariffs and non-tariff measures is equivalent to almost 30 per cent on agricultural products. The restrictiveness of tariffs only is less than 10 per cent. Tariffs have been reduced unilaterally and in regional and multilateral negotiations in recent decades. Thus, for market access and effective market entry NTMs play a pivotal role.

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Appropriate trade regulatory measures that are efficient, provide protection for consumers and support economic and social development is also important for the import side. Furthermore, addressing NTMs adequately in regional agreements is crucial for regional economic integration. Dealing with NTMs however is very complex.

Understanding the uses and implications of these trade policy instruments is essential for the formulation and implementation of effective growth and development strategies.

Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are being applied to traded goods to an ever increasing extent, and represent a growing challenge for exporters, importers and policy makers. This workshop provides the opportunity to raise awareness and inform a larger audience of government officials and exporter associations that need to understand how NTMs may shape up policies in the future in countries that are actively involved in international and regional trade. Each session is followed by an interactive discussion.

Registration for the workshop is available here. There is no participation fee for this event.

 

Draft Program:

 

Day 1:

8 October 2014

 

8:30 9:30

9:30 – 10:00

Registration

Opening Remarks

-  Mr. Janez Podobnik, MD, Acting Director General, ICPE

- Mr. Guillermo Valles, Director, Division on International Trade in  Goods and Services, UNCTAD

- Mr. Marjan Hribar, MSc, Director General, Tourism and Internationalisation Directorate Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

- Ms. Renata Vitez, Director, CEFTA Secretariat

10:00 – 11:00

The Importance of NTMs for World Trade and UNCTAD’s program on Non-Tariff Measures: Mr. Ralf Peters, Chief, Trade Information Section, UNCTAD

11:00 – 11:15

Break

11:15 – 12:45

NTMs, Trade Facilitation: Mr. Poul Hansen, Economist, UNCTAD

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

NTMs in Central European Free Trade Agreement Area and European Union:

-          Mr. A. Umut Ergezer, Advisor, CEFTA Secretariat

-          Ms. Zorica Smileva, Macedonia, CEFTA Chair in Office

-          Ms. Zada Muminovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

-          Ms. Jadranka Zenic Zeljkovic, Serbia

Moderator: Mr. A. Umut Ergezer, Advisor, CEFTA Secretariat

Day 2:

9 October 2014

 

10:00 – 11:00

Regional Integration and NTMs:

-          Mr. Ralf Peters, Chief, Trade Information Section, UNCTAD

-          Mr. A. Umut Ergezer, Advisor, CEFTA Secretariat

11:00 – 12:00

NTMs Trade Facilitation Technical Assistance: Mr. Jens Königer, GIZ

Example of technical training on NTMs: Mr. Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Economist, UNCTAD

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Round Table on Non-Tariff Measures, Trade Facilitation and Development:

-          Mr. Poul Hansen, Economist, UNCTAD

-          Mr. A. Umut Ergezer, Advisor, CEFTA Secretariat

-          Mr. Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Economist, UNCTAD

-          Dr. Sushil Mohan, Head of Economics Study Group, Brighton Business School

Moderator: Mr. Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Economist, UNCTAD

15:00 - 16:00

Conclusions:

-          Mr. Ralf Peters, Chief, Trade Information Section UNCTAD

-          Mr. Nenad Stankovic, ICPE Representative in Vienna

 

Participants will receive an application form for the hotel reservation (Hotel Park***, budget hotel) and an information package upon their registration. 

If the participants wish to stay in another hotel, please contact ICPE staff (mentioned below).

 

For more information about the workshop, please contact: Mr. Nenad Stanković, M.Sc. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ms. Tina Valič - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.