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WTN - World Tr@de Net

World Tr@de Net - Argentina

The World Trade Net is an International Trade Centre programme.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint technical cooperation agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
CERA is the World Trade Net’s focal point in Argentina. The network is administered by CERA’s Institute of International Strategy.

World Trade Net - Argentina responds to the business community’s information needs on the multilateral trading system institutionalized in the WTO. It provides businesses with practical advice and training on WTO topics.
Today, it is essential for the business community to be knowledgeable on the rules of the multilateral trading system:

- To benefit from and address the critical changes in the multilateral trading system, firms need practical information and support.
- To participate in the ongoing design of the trading system, the business sector needs timely information on new and emerging issues in the international arena.
- National negotiators representing their country in WTO trade negotiations need inputs and support from their business community concerning the positions they will uphold.

The programme:
- Supports initiatives to provide advice and training on WTO topics to the business sector in developing countries and economies in transition.
- Channels information -through the local networks- on the rapid evolution and constant change in the multilateral trading system.
- Reinforces the interaction between the public and private sector on the business implications of the multilateral trading system; and
- Facilitates contacts and exchange of experiences among member countries in different regions.

The extent of ITC’s direct support to the local networks is based on confirmed business sector demand and the local network’s own dynamism as reflected in the initiatives it carries out.
Who is it focused on?
The membership of a local network typically include business organizations, WTO focal points in government, trade support institutions, academia and trade consultants.
The links and interaccions between government representatives and the private sector make up the flexible structure of local networks. The local networks provide a platform to identify and disseminate the business community’s points of view regarding national negotiating stances on WTO topics.
At present the World Trade Net is active in more than 60 countries.

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