Trade Facilitation and Rules of Origin

This project, a joint venture with UNCTAD, focuses on aspects of applied research and capacity building related to trade facilitation, trade policy and rules of origin.

On trade facilitation, the project aims at delivering an integrated research and capacity building program on transit, transport and trade facilitation.

On rules of origin, the project aims at developing tools and research to understand the extent of differences in product-specific rules of origin across countries and trade agreements with a view to detecting possible convergence or divergence, enhancing transparency in monitoring the use of trade preferences and applying trade facilitation concepts to rules of origin certification procedures.

On trade policy, the project aims at delivering a focused and tailored advice based on research and capacity building to ASEAN LDC countries on market access and trade policy.

Activities include applied research, executive round tables as well as advocacy actions.


Database on GSP utilization

The GSP preference utilization database provides information on the utilization of the GSP schemes as well as other preferences granted to developing countries and LDCs under GSP, DFQF arrangements and in limited occurrences to trade preferences under reciprocal FTAs.

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Facilitation for transport and trade in West Africa

The project identifies measures to be put in place by governments and the private sector to adopt reforms that will facilitate the implementation of regional instruments on transit, transport and trade facilitation.

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Publications and Knowledge




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The Global Economics team at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) has initiated a new video series on ‘Rules of Origin’ and international trade. Hosted by the Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (EUI), it comprises of interviews led by Mr. Stefano Inama, Chief, Technical Assistance and Enhanced Integrated Framework Section at
the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
This video series aims to bring to all stakeholders, in particular, the private sector, governments, international organisations, academia and the general public, the issues at stake, the recent developments and valuable research.