Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Through business surveys and data collection the NTM programme helps to identify and understand trade barriers that exporters and importers in developing countries experience. The business perspective on NTM-related trade barriers is indispensable in the definition of national strategies and policies that help overcome obstacles to trade. The understanding of key concerns of importers and exporters helps governments better define concrete action and capacity building, for example in the area of technical regulations.
Building on the successful first phase of the ITC programme on non-tariff measures (NTMs) and based on the demand by potential beneficiary countries as well as donors, the second phase aims at
- increasing the country coverage of the programme, adding NTM data for at least 15 countries in Market Access Map and covering between 15 and 35 new countries by NTM-related enterprise surveys and related analyses (“business as usual (= phase I)”);
- supporting the formulation and implementation of initiatives to remove identified NTM-related problems in 15 to 25 already surveyed countries (“follow-up”);
- developing a methodology for studying the business perspectives on impediments to services trade in selected sectors in order to complement the analysis in goods and thereby complete the view on the NTMs affecting trade, both in goods and services.