TPO Best Practices

Strengthening the Delivery of Trade Support Services

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Successive World Conferences of TPOs have sought to debate, identify and document best practice for TPOs. Delegates at the Fourth World Conference of TPOs in Beijing, in May 2002, thought that we should have a mechanism for a frequent exchange of best practice information. Since then, ITC has invited TPOs around the world to contribute their best practice examples. The response has been very encouraging: some 38 TPOs responded and 42 best practices were selected from 22 TPOs for this publication.

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Implications of ‘TPO best practices’ for transition and developing country TPOs

About 25% of national TPOs worldwide responded to ITC’s call for best practices. Only a relatively small number of TPOs have practical experiences in the selected areas that they are proud of and would regard as worth sharing with others. Most of these best practice submissions are from developed countries, and it was disappointing to note that only two were from Africa and two from Latin America.

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