IDEAS Centre is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income countries to integrate into the world trading system - in a way that supports their national poverty reduction and economic development efforts.
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 the Centre’s 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 and 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 developing country participation in 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.
To find out more about the Centre’s approach, read our strategy document relating to trade policy services and consultancy.
May 2013 - LDCs issues at Bali
IDEAS Centre publishes a new newsletter dedicated to the LDCs issues on the road to Bali.
The newsletter n°1 in English is available here
La newsletter n°1 en Français est disponible ici
SUCCESS! Laos is now a member of the WTO!
With the support of IDEAS Centre, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has finalized its accession to the WTO and has been a member since February 2, 2013. Discover more about this success story here.
February 2013 - Cotton Newsletter 101
Read the last Cotton Newsletter of a long series. After 10 years, the Cotton Project is coming to an end.
Newsletter 101 - "Last but not least" in English
Newsletter 101 - "Last but not least" en Français
July 2012 WTO General Council decision on LDC accession
IDEAS Centre’s comments on the recommendations on strengthening, streamlining and operationalization of the 2002 LDC Accession Guidelines (General Council decision of 25 July 2012)
WTO FORUM // Debates
Nicolas Imboden and Debapriya Bhattacharya