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.

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

Más información en este link: https://unctad.org/node/31844 

Para postular , llene el formulario en este link: https://es.research.net/r/NTM_UNCTAD_ALADI

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 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 (NTMs) such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade play an ever-increasing role in shaping market access conditions and influencing the competitiveness of both national importers and exporters. The definition and implementation of these measures is a major issue for policymakers and economic actors. Many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives, such as the protection of public health or the environment, yet they may affect trade and can unintentionally become discriminatory, especially against smaller businesses. According to a recent UNCTAD study, reducing the trade distorting effect of NTMs in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) could lead to gains of up to $20 billion per annum. In order to support the emergence of a “one African market”, it is therefore crucial to strengthen the understanding of NTMs and their implications among AfCFTA parties.

Comprehensive, systematic and reliable information about NTMs can significantly reduce trade costs and is of crucial importance to businesses, regulators and researchers. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), recognises transparency and disclosure of information as one of its governing principles and requires each State Party to make publicly available its trade related regulations.

In this context and as part of its NTM Transparency initiative, UNCTAD will be conducting an e-learning course on NTM data collection approach and the effects of NTMs on trade and development.

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