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WTO Umbrella Grant Project on New Issues

The WTO Umbrella Grant Project on New Issues is devoted to strengthening the capacity of developing and least developed country (LDC) delegations in Geneva and in capitals, as they determine their level of engagement, strategy, and approach to the WTO Joint Statement Initiatives (JSI) launched in December 2017.

Joint Statement Initiatives

These JSIs involve the subjects of investment facilitation, electronic commerce, and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). All three of these initiatives are being developed by groups of World Trade Organization (WTO) Members.

Consortium of Partners

Our work under this project is with a consortium of partners, including CUTS International Geneva and BKP Economic Advisors. It is funded with UK aid from the UK government under the Trade and Investment Advocacy Fund (TAF2+).

Partners and funders of the TAF2+ Umbrella Grant on New WTO Issues


We are organizing several activities under this project, including:

  • Geneva-based seminars
  • Regional and national workshops
  • Demand-driven support to policymakers and negotiators

TAF2+ is managed on behalf of FCDO by a dedicated Fund Manager: CowaterSogema and Saana Consulting. Views expressed in the project's publication and events are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect HM Government’s official positions or those of TAF2+.


Project details

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