WTO SDT

WTO SDT

Travel support from the China Programme at the WTO

Increasing participation of LDCs in WTO meetings is one of the five key pillars of the China LDCs and Accession Programme (the China Programme)....

Basis for preferential treatment of merchandise exports from LDCs by WTO members

The legal basis for developed country WTO members to grant preferential market access. terms to LDCS is the decision on “Differential and More Favourable...

Support for LDC accessions to the WTO

LDCs that are not members of the WTO benefit from support for the accession process. Guidelines to facilitate the accession process for least developed...

Technical assistance under WTO Agreements

Several WTO Agreements contain provisions on technical assistance to LDCs: General Agreement on Trade in Services:Technical assistance by WTO Secretariat in the Preparation &...

Trade Facilitation Agreement, Special and Differential Treatment for LDCs

Section II of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) contains special and differential treatment (SDT) provisions that allow LDCs to determine their own implementation schedule...

TRIPS Agreement: Paragraph 6 system

Article 31(f) of the TRIPS Agreement states products made under compulsory licensing must be "predominantly for the supply of the domestic market". Countries producing...

Customs Valuation Agreement: Reservation Concerning Minimum Values (Annex III: 2)

Annex III: 2 of the Customs Valuation Agreement allowed developing countries which valued goods on the basis of officially established minimum values to make a reservation...

GATS Article IV – Increasing Participation of Developing Countries and contact points

The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) provides that special priority shall be given to the least-developed countries in the efforts to increase...

Dispute Settlement Understanding

Article 24.1 of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) requires that Members exercise "due restraint" when launching disputes against LDCs. Article 24.1 further states...

Customs Valuation Agreement: special consideration to requests by LDCs

The WTO Customs Valuation Agreement aims to establish a fair, uniform and neutral system for the valuation of goods for customs purposes. The special...

TBT Agreement: priority in advice and technical assistance.

The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards and similar measures are do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade and...

GATS: Technical assistance by WTO Secretariat (Article XXV.2)

Article XXV on Technical cooperation, paragraph 2, states that technical assistance to developing countries shall be provided at the multilateral level by the Secretariat...