Sector/ Subsector : Trade Policy
Implementing Agency: UNCTAD
Project’s Partner(s) : Egypt, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Swedish International Cooperation Agency (Sida), ITFC, IsDB, UNDP
Brief Description: UNCTAD assisted Comoros and Sudan in preparatory works for negotiations of their WTO
Membership. That includes among others drafting and review for required accession documents, in particular the
Memorandum on Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR), replies to questions raised by WTO Members in the context of
Comoros MFTR examination.
|Overall Result||UNCTAD provided technical assistance and capacity building to support the accession of Comoros and Sudan in their WTO membership. The MFTR of Comoros was reviewed and completed. Up 160 replies to questions by the WTO Working Party Members prepared. An advisory and fact finding mission to identify Sudan’s Technical assistance needs was conducted. A national workshop for accession issues was organised with the involvement of all Sudanese stake holders. A detailed work program on future assistance activities to be carried out by UNCTAD was adopted. But was not implemented due shortage of funds under AFTIAS in 2015.|
|Target Countries:||Comoros and Sudan|
|Duration: 09 months||09 months|
|Start date:||March 2014|
|End date:||December 2014|
|Expected Results:||WTO Memorandum on Foreign Trade Regime finalized and accession docs prepared|
|Expected impact:||Effective support to Comoros and Sudan to adopt WTO consistent trade policy and to meet WTO accession requirements.|
|Approved budget:||$ 213,239|
|List of deliverables
1- WTO Memorandum on foreign trade regime (MFTR) is finalized (Comoros)/Updated in case of Sudan
2- WTO Accession related documents are reviewed and revised
3- Inventory and analysis of existing trade related legislative and regulatory instrument prepared and recommendations formulated, including provision of trade advisory support services
4- Elaboration of “legislative action plan”.
5- Research and compilation of sectoral economic data to prepare the following statutory WTO accession questionnaires and notification documents are completed.
|Main Lessons learnt:||Lesson 1: Sudan :
Important delay in the reaction to UNCTAD proposed work plan for activities to take place in the reporting period.
Lesson 2: Comoros :
– Weak institutional and administrative setting to supervise the WTO accession preparatory work
– Slow response from the ministry of trade regarding the implementation of the project activities.
|Recommendation (s) for follow-up:||