Trade Advocacy Fund

TAF supports Ministry of Commerce and Supplies in Nepal to develop trade negotiations strategies

April 26th, 2016 by

In January 2015, TAF started up a partnership with Ministry of Commerce & Supplies to provide practical help to Nepal in developing strategies for key external trade negotiations. Over the last few months, the focus of the TAF project has been to support an extensive program of training in thematic areas including trade in services, as well as regional and bilateral trade agreement negotiations. To date, over 60 participants from Ministries, Departments and the private sector have participated in the TAF-sponsored training sessions and received certificates from the Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce & Supplies.

The TAF-sponsored trade in services training sessions improved the participants’ understanding of the role of the service sector in the economy, the architecture of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), schedule of services commitments, outputs from on-going negotiations in the WTO Doha Round, the SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS) and Nepal’s negotiating position in SATIS along with the elements of sound preparation for trade in services negotiation. Practical examples and facilitation were provided to aid participants in the identification of negotiating positions.

TAF-supported training has also covered the concept of regional trading arrangements and their rationales, the provisions of South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) and the provisions of Nepal-India Trade Agreement. These training sessions helped participants to craft negotiating positions for SAFTA negotiations and Nepal-India trade negotiations. These negotiations will be held in the next few months of 2016 and so TAF support has been timely for Nepal in the review and discussion of the negotiating agenda and proposed strategies.

 

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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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