Trade Policy at Work WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

Developing Countries’ Participation in the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

At the WTO, regular work under the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enables members to ensure their exporters are not unfairly affected by measures adopted by trading partners. Yet, due to the low profile kept by many small developing countries, few discussions have focused on measures of their interest. After analysing their participation so far, this paper will explore the benefits and avenues for engaging more effectively in the TBT Committee.