How to make trade and economic integration
produce better results for development
IDEAS Centre is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to help low-income countries integrating into the world trading system in a way that supports their national poverty reduction and economic development efforts.
IDEAS Centre was created in 2002 by the late Arthur Dunkel, former GATT Director-General, and by Nicolas Imboden, former Trade Delegate and Ambassador in charge of Swiss economic cooperation with developing countries.
The Centre offers practical, results-oriented advisory services and executes projects aimed at strengthening the capacities of developing/transition country governments to shape both their domestic economic policies as well as the international policies that affect them.
The overall goal of our projects is to empower low-income countries by:
- using their WTO membership (or accession process) in a way that promotes their country’s sustainable human development; deepening their understanding of development challenges and linkages with trade and WTO rules; and improving policy coherence;
- participating more effectively in international trade forums and negotiations by harnessing the free market forces and rules of a liberal world trade system to achieve poverty alleviation and economic growth.
Through its projects supporting the participation of developing country within the WTO and facilitating the integration of development-related concerns into industrial country positions, the Centre wants to contribute to international discussions on WTO institutional reforms and to encourage global cooperation for “win-win” solutions on the trade and development interface.