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Trade Programme

About the Trade Programme

The trade programme works to develop closer economic relations among member States, as well as to better integrate their economies into the world economy. The trade programme's inter-governmental bodies make policy recommendations, develop standards for use in trade and assist member States in implementing them. These bodies also suggest ways and means of creating legal and administrative frameworks for fostering trade. Work includes a range of activities to assist member States with: trade facilitation; regulatory and standards policy; commercial agricultural standards; and e-business standards.

Key areas of Work

Steering Committee on Trade
Capacity and Standards

Trade Facilitation and
Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

Agricultural Quality

Regulatory Cooperation and
Standardization Policies

Outreach and


Studies on non-tariff
barriers to Trade