The GGP has an active programme of advisory activities and applied research that is centred on issues that are relevant for developing countries. These activities comprise tailor-made training, both on the EUI premises and in other locations that are more appropriate for the client, and advisory work for international organisations and development agencies. These activities build directly on the research carried out by the Global Economics: Trade, Development and Investment research team .
Past projects include quality review and advisory services for the UK Trade Advisory Facility for a project assessing the scope for preferential market access treatment of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) under the auspices of the WTO Services Waiver. Another project involved the preparation of a report for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for Trade-related Technical Assistance for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), a Geneva-based facility that provides funding for trade policy diagnostics and trade projects. The report assesses the rationales and options for taking into account opportunities for the EIF to support greater participation by LDCs in international value chains; to leverage regional trade opportunities; and to work with the private sector.
Ongoing projects include an analysis of the contribution of services to sustainable development in low-income countries (for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development – ICTSD) and a report for the UK-based International Growth Centre on the impact of services and the provision of services on the productivity of exporting firms in East African countries, as compared to countries in other parts of the world.
Another activity involves executive training on a tailored basis for specific clients such as governments or development agencies. In 2014 the Academy of Global Governance (AGG) designed and delivered tailored executive training on the development policy implications of supply chain trade for the staff of the International Trade Centre in Geneva; and another on the design of preferential rules of origin for officials from LDCs, in cooperation with UNCTAD.
Prof. Bernard M. Hoekman has advised numerous governments and international organisations on trade and development policy issues and is a frequent speaker and contributor to international meetings that focus on development matters; in 2014-15 he participated in workshops at the Islamic Development Bank, the ITC, UNCTAD, WTO, EIF, and APEC, among others.
Prof. Petros C. Mavroidis has been advising developing countries that litigate cases before the WTO since 1996. He is one of the two experts that the WTO has hired under Art. 27.2 DSU to provide legal advice and assist developing countries when acting as complainants or defendants before WTO Panels and the Appellate Body.