Background Paper for the G77, November 2004

Strengthening Developing Countries’ Capacity for Trade Negotiations: Matching Technical Assistance to Negotiating Capacity Constraints.

This paper looks at the negotiating needs and constraints of developing  countries vis-à-vis international trade negotiations, and at the deficiencies of  existing trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building initiatives in  addressing such capacity needs and constraints.

The major constraints that developing countries face when it comes to  developing negotiating capacity in trade negotiations include incoherence in  national policies and in national policymaking coordination, and limitations  with respect to the availability and depth of national human, financial, and  technical resources that adversely affect their ability to adequately prepare for  trade negotiations.

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