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Governing the WTO for Development: The Politics of Building Developing Country Capacity

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Capacity-building for developing countries has been a critical instrument through which efforts have been made to increase the participation of developing countries in WTO negotiations and in the international trading system. At critical points in WTO negotiations, commitments by developed countries to the provision of financial and technical support for negotiating capacity and the implementation of WTO agreements as well as research and training are frequently used to secure support from developing countries for otherwise unpopular commitments. Since 2005, the discussion of Aid for Trade at the WTO has focused significant attention on the capacity-building needs of developing countries, particularly to take advantage of new trade opportunities. Beyond the WTO Secretariat, a range of intergovernmental organizations (the World Bank, the IMF, WHO, UNCTAD, ITC), bilateral donors, and private actors are involved in the provision of trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) – sometimes through collaborative initiatives such as the Integrated Framework – but also independently. Building from the managerialist literature on compliance, the paper will present an audit of trade-related technical assistance in the context of the WTO. The paper will advance a critical analysis of the political purposes, motivations, and incentives that drive trade-related technical assistance and capacity building – including consideration of the collaboration and competition among donors. The paper will conclude by taking up the question of how best TRTA should be governed to account for and respond to developing country needs in the multilateral trading system.
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Name: ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES
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"Governing the WTO for Development: The Politics of Building Developing Country Capacity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2016-06-08 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p253570_index.html>

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, 2008-03-26 "Governing the WTO for Development: The Politics of Building Developing Country Capacity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA <Not Available>. 2016-06-08 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p253570_index.html

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Abstract: Capacity-building for developing countries has been a critical instrument through which efforts have been made to increase the participation of developing countries in WTO negotiations and in the international trading system. At critical points in WTO negotiations, commitments by developed countries to the provision of financial and technical support for negotiating capacity and the implementation of WTO agreements as well as research and training are frequently used to secure support from developing countries for otherwise unpopular commitments. Since 2005, the discussion of Aid for Trade at the WTO has focused significant attention on the capacity-building needs of developing countries, particularly to take advantage of new trade opportunities. Beyond the WTO Secretariat, a range of intergovernmental organizations (the World Bank, the IMF, WHO, UNCTAD, ITC), bilateral donors, and private actors are involved in the provision of trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) – sometimes through collaborative initiatives such as the Integrated Framework – but also independently. Building from the managerialist literature on compliance, the paper will present an audit of trade-related technical assistance in the context of the WTO. The paper will advance a critical analysis of the political purposes, motivations, and incentives that drive trade-related technical assistance and capacity building – including consideration of the collaboration and competition among donors. The paper will conclude by taking up the question of how best TRTA should be governed to account for and respond to developing country needs in the multilateral trading system.


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