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Establishment of the national review mechanism

A national advisory committee or working group  is established during the early stages of the assessment process  to bring  together relevant public and private sector stakeholders and act as the UNECE counterpart. 


The UNECE  secretariat conducts a fact finding mission to adapt the methodology to the national context and ensure policy responsiveness to national priorities.

Assessment process

In-depth interviews are carried out with public and private sector stakeholders, including traders and representatives of associations, using actor oriented questionnaires adapted to national context. A review of national legislation and trade agreements is also conducted to establish a clear understanding of the country’s legal framework. The results of the legal analysis and the interviews are compiled in a comprehensive study,  which provides practical action-oriented recommendations for addressing immediate and long terms needs.

The review process

The study is presented to the members of the national advisory committee/working group during a “stakeholders meeting” , which is organized in the country under review. Stakeholders are also invited to provide the secretariat with written comments. 


The secretariat revises the draft study for final publication.


The secretariat together with the Government pool efforts to:

  •  Bring forward the needs of the country in question to the attention of UNECE member States during the annual session of the Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and standards
  • Compile the recommendations  emerging from the study into a national action plan to guide implementation in a manner that allows for sequencing interventions and facilitation their  integration into national and regional development efforts
  • Integrate the recommendations into  the country’s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
  • Develop, in collaboration with other UN agencies and international organization,  project documents for supporting the Government’s resource mobilization efforts .