Trade Advocacy Fund

Côte d’Ivoire joins ACWL with TAF support

December 20th, 2016 by

TAF News Item

On 13 December 2016, at a ceremony held at the ACWL, Côte d’Ivoire signed its Protocol of Accession to the Agreement Establishing the ACWL. Côte d’Ivoire becomes the 34th developing country Member of the WTO to join the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL). Côte d’Ivoire is both the first country in West Africa and the first sub-Saharan francophone country to become a member of the ACWL. At the signing ceremony, Niall Meagher, Executive Director, welcomed Côte d’Ivoire to the ACWL, and said that he looked forward to providing the ACWL’s assistance to Côte d’Ivoire in the New Year. He also thanked the United Kingdom for the assistance provided to the ACWL activities in general and in particular to Côte d’Ivoire with its accession through the Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF), On behalf of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellence Ambassador Kouadio Adjoumani said that Côte d’Ivoire was pleased to become a Member of the ACWL. He said that Côte d’Ivoire’s membership of the ACWL would be essential to enable it to develop its technical capacity to participate in the multilateral trading system and he looked forward to making good use of the services of the ACWL. Ambassador Adjoumani also expressed Côte d’Ivoire’s gratitude for the support provided by the United Kingdom through TAF. Mr. Andrew Staines, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom Mission to the WTO, expressed his support for the work of the ACWL and said that his Government, through TAF, was very happy to assist Côte d’Ivoire in becoming a Member of the ACWL. He looked forward to a positive relationship between the ACWL and Côte d’Ivoire with ongoing support from TAF. Ms Elsbeth Akkerman, Chairperson of the General Assembly of the ACWL, also welcomed Côte d’Ivoire to the ACWL and looked forward to Côte d’Ivoire participating in future meetings of the General Assembly. All developing countries that are Members of the WTO or in the process of acceding to the WTO are entitled, by virtue of their WTO Membership or process of accession, to become Members of the ACWL. The 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) that are Members of the WTO or in the process of acceding to the WTO are automatically entitled to the services of the ACWL without having to become Members of the ACWL. Côte d’Ivoire’s accession to the ACWL formally takes effect 30 days after the signing of the Protocol of Accession. Following Côte d’Ivoire’s accession, 76 countries/customs territories, or just under half of the Members of the WTO – are entitled to turn to the ACWL for advice on WTO law, support in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and legal training. Note: This article first appeared on the ACWL website.

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TAF Projects (December 2013)
Country or Region Grant Title

Implementation Status

Afghanistan Advisory Mission to Afghanistan

Completed

COMESA Advisory Mission to the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Group

Completed

EAC Advisory Mission to the EAC

Completed

Ethiopia Advisory Mission to Ethiopia

Completed

Global Feasibility Study for Advisory Centre on Regional Trade Agreements (ACORTA)

Completed

Global TAF Advisory Event 1

Completed

Lao PDR Advisory Mission to Lao PDR

Completed

Lesotho Advisory Mission to Lesotho

Completed

Malawi Advisory Mission to Malawi

Completed

Multi-Region Advisory Mission to  the AUC

Completed

Nepal Advisory Mission to Nepal

Completed

PIFS Support to Pacific ACP States in EPA negotiations

Completed

Samoa Logistical Support

Completed

Sierra Leone Advisory Mission to Sierra Leone

Completed

Solomon Islands Advisory Mission to the Solomon Islands

Completed

Sri Lanka Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka

Completed

Uganda Advisory Mission to Uganda

Completed

Vanuatu Advisory Mission to Vanuatu

Completed

ACP Call-down Support to the ACP Group in Geneva

Ongoing

Afghanistan Trade Negotiation Training and Capacity Building Support to Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Ongoing

EAC TradeSift Training for EAC Tripartite FTA Negotiations

Ongoing

ECOWAS Trade Capacity Building Programme

Ongoing

ECOWAS WTO Law Advisory Services and Capacity Building

Ongoing

Global Channel 2: Training on WTO Law and Dispute Settlement – ACWL

Ongoing

Global Channel 2: Training on WTO Law and Dispute Settlement – Trapca

Ongoing

Global TAF Advisory Publications/Toolkits

Ongoing

LDC Group Support to LDC Services Waiver

Ongoing

Nigeria Support to Nigeria Ministry of Trade and Investment

Ongoing

PIFS Support to the Pacific ACP States in EPA negotiations

Ongoing

OCTA Support for PACER Plus Negotiations

Ongoing

Solomon Islands Strengthening Trade Negotiation Capacity of Solomon Islands

Ongoing

The Gambia Support to the Ministry of Trade

Ongoing

TMSA Support to Tripartite FTA negotiations

Ongoing

Vanuatu Trade Negotiations Support

Ongoing

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