Regional trade integration


    Strengthening regional trade integration

    ITC supports strengthening regional integration and better leveraging the benefits of regional or continental trading arrangements.

    ITC provides countries technical assistance to:

    • analyse or review domestic frameworks in line with regional or continental commitments on trade-related issues from goods to e-commerce to investment and supports implementation of policy reforms to address gaps;
    • undertake country-level diagnostic assessments, develop roadmaps and monitoring frameworks for the implementation of policy reforms, and review or revise legislative and policy frameworks accordingly;
    • capacitate policy officials and regulatory authorities to effectively implement regional commitments,
    • engage in regional and continental trade negotiations on trade policy issues such as services, investment, e-commerce, intellectual property, competition, procurement, and develop negotiating positions and submissions;
    • address barriers preventing businesses from effectively integrating into regional value chains;
    • offer academic trade policy courses and training for country, regional and continent-level stakeholders on strengthening trade integration,
    • Build up capacity of the private sector on regional or continental trade negotiations and policy formulation and implementation.

    Addressing Non-Tariff Measures

    ITC helps countries address Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs). NTMs are policy measures, other than ordinary customs tariffs, that impact international trade. Reducing such measures can reduce the cost and time to export or import goods.

    ITC supports countries by:

    • Ensuring public and private stakeholders are informed and can participate in negotiations on cross-border NTMs;
    • Providing Business Process Analysis (BPA) studies on select products or services to map export and import procedures, identify trade barriers and develop the regulatory and procedural recommendations to address them;
    • Capacitating NTM focal points and regulatory authorities by developing guidelines and processes for reviewing NTMs and working towards their resolution;
    • Providing training for national experts, regulatory authorities and NTM focal points on assessing and resolving NTM issues and conducting BPA studies;
    • Engaging with the private sector to resolve export bottlenecks and with business associations to develop related policy positions.

    ITC contact

    Quan Zhao
    itctradepolicy [at]