World trade organization

WTO’s contribution to the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States can be measured by the steps taken in the organisation to address the concerns of the small, vulnerable economies (SVEs). The SVEs within WTO, is a larger grouping of countries that encompasses not only the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), but also certain other small developing countries, particularly those in Central America. All SIDS WTO Members that are not an LDC are part of the SVE group. In the current round of negotiations the SVEs have been successful at making their views known and reflected in the different draft negotiating texts. Paragraph 35 of the Doha Ministerial Declaration contains a specific mandate to establish a work programme for the SVEs. This work programme is being advanced in the Committee on Trade and Development in Dedicated Session, which is also mandated to monitor the treatment of SVE issues in the different negotiating groups and regular bodies in the WTO.

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