Trade Agreements Secretariat

The division is also responsible for coordinating the Aid for Trade initiative, which aims to help developing countries, particularly SDDs, develop the trade capacity and infrastructure needed to expand their trade opportunities. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen cooperation among trade, finance and development officers in national capitals and to involve international and regional intergovernmental organizations and donors active in trade capacity-building to meet national and regional Aid for Trade needs. The Department`s mission is to ensure the proper functioning of all WTO bodies that are served by the Department. These include facilitating new and ongoing negotiations and consultations, monitoring and actively supporting the implementation of WTO agreements in the areas of anti-dumping, subsidies and countervailing measures, safeguard measures, trade-related investment measures, state trading and civil aviation. This includes providing all necessary assistance for the implementation, advice and technical advice of WTO members on the above-mentioned agreements, providing secretaries and legal advisers to the WTO dispute settlement bodies in which these agreements participate, and participating in the WTO technical assistance programme. The department deals with all issues related to the ongoing negotiations on agriculture. In addition, the Division supports the implementation of existing WTO rules and obligations in the agricultural field, in particular by ensuring that the process of multilateral review of these commitments is organised and implemented effectively by the Committee on Agriculture. The work of the Division is aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Convention on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, including through the SPS Committee. Other activities of the Division include supporting the implementation of the Ministerial Decision on Action on the Potential Negative Effects of the Reform Programme on Least Developed and Least Net Food-Importing Developing Countries; address issues related to trade in fishery and forest products and natural resource-based products; the provision of dispute settlement services in the field of agriculture and SPS; provide technical assistance in all areas of their competence; and cooperation with other international organizations and the private sector. The Trade and Environment Division also deals with the WTO`s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). . . .