Trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building

A number of mechanisms are in place to support LDCs through technical assistance and capacity-building related to trade. Please click on the links below for more information on each instrument.

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) supports LDCs through analytical work, institutional support, and productive capacity-building projects.

The Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) provides legal advice on issues related to WTO, WTO dispute settlement support and capacity-building. LDCs do not have to join as members in order to benefit from the ACWL’s services.

Several WTO Agreements contain provisions on technical assistance to LDCs. The WTO secretariat also provides technical assistance on the issues covered by WTO agreements (see pp. 30-31 in WTO/EIF (2020), “Trade impacts of LDC graduation“) and on accession.  “China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme”, known as  “the China Programme” at the WTO has the objective of facilitating participation of LDCs in WTO discussions as well as building capacity for accession negotiations.

The ePing platform provides countries with timely access to notifications under the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements and facilitates dialogue amongst the public and private sector in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage.

The International Trade Center works to build the capacity of private actors in LDCs so they can take advantage of the global trading system.