Curso en línea sobre medidas no arancelarias y su pertinencia durante la pandemia COVID-19, segunda edición en español, noviembre de 2021.

La capacidad de obtener y beneficiarse de las oportunidades de acceso a los mercados depende cada vez más del cumplimiento de las medidas no arancelarias (MNA), como las medidas sanitarias y fitosanitarias, los reglamentos técnicos y normas.

El objetivo de este curso introductorio es aumentar la comprensión de las MNA, su conexión con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, y la labor de la UNCTAD y ALADI en el área. Dada la crisis sin precedentes del coronavirus, la cuestión de las MNA, es más importante que nunca. El curso ofrece un foro de debate específico sobre esta cuestión.

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The course is based on Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) Navigating Non-tariff Measures towards Sustainable Development, jointly published by ESCAP and UNCTAD. It is divided into four video modules as follows:

  1. Navigating Non-tariffs Measures: towards sustainable development 
  2. Evaluating the impact of NTMs on trade and investment 
  3. NTMs and the relationship to international standards 
  4. Streamlining NTMs for sustainable benefits 

The course is jointly prepared and run by UN ESCAP and UNCTAD from 15 November to 28 November 2021.

Registration open until 09 November 2021:

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The objective of the course on Economic Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures is to provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of NTMs on trade and welfare. A hands-on technical course, the emphasis will be on the manipulation of data and the use of econometric tools.

Impact assessment of different NTMs is indispensable for the formulation of a consistent and pro-sustainable-development trade policy. NTMs, including regulations such as product quality and safety requirements, have been playing an increasing role in international trade because of the reduction in tariffs, and growing consumer concerns about food safety and quality, and environmental protection.


The course targets researchers from universities, research centres, and governmental and non-governmental institutions in developing and transition countries involved in the research and teaching of international trade and trade policy, interested in enhancing their quantitative skills and conducting policy-relevant research on NTMs as they relate to their countries.

Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure appropriate support throughout the course.

Course Prerequisites:

Applicants must hold a Master's degree in Economics or Econometrics; or a Master's degree in Statistics or Finance, with a Bachelor's degree in Economics or Econometrics. Knowledge of the statistical software STATA and excellent English skills are also required.

The online introductory course on NTMs is an easy, concise and comprehensive introductory course. It serves as a starting point of obtaining knowledge of NTMs and offers an overview of UNCTAD’s work on this topic.

 Through the course, audience will be able to understand:

  1. What NTMs are and why they are important
  2. Purpose and effects of NTMs and their linkages with SDGs
  3. For which purposes and how UNCTAD works on NTMs
  4. What UNCTAD offers to you

This special course also covers the importance of NTMs and their relevance to the corona virus pandemic 2019.

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Non-tariff measures in daily life

Objective and content

 This part of the UNCTAD training programme shall be available for participants to attend at the time and venue of their choosing. The training is provided through a multimedia lecture, plus reading materials. At the end of the training course, there is a quiz, to assess the participants’ learning. A certificate for Week 1 will be offered. 

 The course is aimed at building the general understanding of non-tariff measures (NTMs), their relevance to multiple Ministries and Agencies of Viet Nam, and the data that is collected by UNCTAD in its global database across countries, as well as the principles, procedures and methodologies used in classifying NTMs. 

The training course shall be accessible through three separate modules:


Module 1 

Introduction to NTM data

Why are NTM important?

Data available


Module 2

International Classification of NTMs

Type of information that is considered 

Chapters of the classification


Module 3              

Principles for collecting and registering data


Attendance of these three modules is crucial and highly recommended to gain a basic understanding of NTMs and be able to meaningfully engage in the inter-active training of Week 2.

Teacher: Chi Le NGO