Strategic Partners

Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT)

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Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT)

Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) is an open regional network of research and academic institutions specializing in international trade policy, facilitation and regional integration issues. ESCAP, IDRC, UNCTAD, UNDP, and WTO, as core network partners, provide substantive and/ or financial support to the network. The Trade and Investment Division of ESCAP provides the Secretariat of the network and a direct regional link to trade policymakers and other international organizations. ARTNeT works to increase the amount of quality and relevant trade research in the region by harnessing the research capacity already available and developing additional capabilities. The activities of ARTNeT continue to be focused on three pillars, namely 1) the production of demand-driven and home-grown research of the region; 2) the building of research capacity of the region, particularly that of LDCs; and 3) the dissemination of knowledge and information to key stakeholders. Since its establishment in Nov 2004, ARTNeT grew from 10 to 40 institutional members, works with 18 associate partners and reaches a community of over 1,000 individual researchers. For more information, please contact ARTNeT Secretariat at [email protected] or visit

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The secretariat of the ESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations and serves as the main economic and social development centre of the United Nations in Asia and the Pacific. Its mandate is to foster cooperation between its 53 members and 9 associate members. It provides the strategic link between global and country-level programmes and issues. It supports governments of countries in the region in consolidating regional positions and advocates regional approaches to meeting the region’s unique socio-economic challenges in a globalizing world. The ESCAP secretariat is located in Bangkok, Thailand. More information available at

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Since its founding in 1966, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting our investments wisely, in partnership with our developing member countries and other stakeholders, we can alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth.

Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)


The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), located in Tokyo, is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Its mission is to identify effective development strategies and improve development management in ADB’s developing member countries. ADBI has an extensive network of partners in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond. ADBI’s activities are guided by its three strategic priority themes of inclusive sustainable growth, regional cooperation and integration, and governance for policies and institutions.

Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI)

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The Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) is a non-profit research and training institution built on the concept of a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), People's Republic of Bangladesh and the private sector. It is devoted to research, education, training and policy advocacy of business and trade related issues. The creation of the BFTI as a PPP was a ground-breaking and pioneering initiative in Bangladesh. The Board of Director of BFTI is chaired by the Minister of Commerce while members are representatives from both the public and the private sector. The private sector stakeholders of the BFTI include the metropolitan and national Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). From the public sector, there are representatives from a number of Ministries including Commerce, Finance and Foreign Affairs. The aims and objectives, and the overall vision of the BFTI are shared by all members.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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The Center for International Forestry Research is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries.

Our research and expert analysis help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.

Our research spans governance, poverty and environmental issues.

  • How do we manage forests in ways that enable us to mitigate and adapt to climate change?
  • How can the people who depend on smallholder and community forestry improve their livelihoods?
  • How do we manage the trade-offs between conservation and development?
  • How do we manage the impacts of globalised trade and investment?
  • How can tropical production forests be managed sustainably?


Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Secretariat (CAREC), Asian Development Bank

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The "CAREC Unit"  is housed at the Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division (CWRC) of the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila. It performs Secretariat functions for the CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation) Program, which is a committed partnership of 10 countries, supported by 6 multilateral institutions, working together to promote development in Central Asia through regional cooperation. The Secretariat's terms of reference of  providing technical, administrative and coordinating support to the program is outlined in detail in the attached CAREC Overall Institutional Framework (pp. 6-7, Item VIII).

Centre for Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation (CATIF)


CATIF is a non-governmental organization that seeks to contribute to the understanding and enhancement of trade and economic integration, and to informed policy formulation on trade-related issues. It has four main thrusts: research, training, policy advocacy, and the development of ICT systems in support of trade. CATIF Fellows combine technical knowledge with practical experience and relationships with the academe, business, and government, to deliver high-quality products. Although formed in 2006, CATIF’s members have long established records in research, teaching, IT development, and project management, and maintain linkages with institutions here and abroad. CATIF has worked on various international and domestic projects including two JICA-funded studies of cargo release time in the Philippines, an ADB-funded study on Customs, and AADCP-supported projects on ASEAN telecommunications (with the Australian National University and Thailand Development Research Institute) and ASEAN Cargo Processing (with the Centre for International Economics).

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)


Established in 1993, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) is an independent think-tank with local roots and global outreach. CPD is actively engaged in research and policy influencing initiatives, and serves as an open platform for active debate and discussion on a broad range of issues.

CPD’s deeply dedicated team of researchers and professionals endeavours to fulfill CPD’s Mission Statement which commits the Centre to service the growing aspirations of the emerging civil society of Bangladesh for a demand-driven and accountable development process. CPD carries out its mandate by stimulating informed debate, generating knowledge and influencing policy making through research, dissemination and policy advocacy. Some of the major research areas of CPD include: Macroeconomic Performance Analysis; Fiscal Policy and Domestic Resource Mobilisation; Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice; Agriculture and Rural Development; Trade, Regional Cooperation and Global Integration; Investment Promotion, Infrastructure and Enterprise Development; Climate Change and Environment; Human Development and Social Protection; and Development Governance, Policies and Institutions. CPD seeks to provide voice to the interests and concerns of the low-income economies in global development discourse. In doing so, CPD involves all important cross sections of the society including public representatives, government officials, business leaders, representatives of grassroots organisations, academics, development partners and other relevant interest groups. With a view to influencing policies CPD deploys research and dialogue as mutually reinforcing tools for engaging the stakeholders.

CPD has been actively engaged in promoting policies for effective regional and global integration of disadvantaged low-income countries. Through its work, CPD has been able to establish its credential as a centre of excellence for study of South Asian issues and issues of interest to the group of the LDCs. CPD maintains a broad network with institutions working in common areas of interest, and has partnered with some of these in organising a number of international events both in Bangladesh and abroad.

CPD has received an award under the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) through a globally competitive selection process. TTI is supported by a number of governments and foundations and is implemented by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

CPD's publication list contains more than 380 titles which includes Books, Monographs, Occasional Papers (Working Papers), Dialogue Reports and Policy Briefs. CPD publications and other relevant information are regularly posted on CPD’s website:

China Institute for WTO Studies of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)

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The China Institute for WTO Studies of University of International Business and Economics is one of the oldest academic institutes engaging in the research of the GATT/WTO regime in China. Founded in May 1991, the Institute was crowned by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a “Key Research Institution of Humanities and Social Sciences in Universities” and the only one of its kind dedicated to the study of WTO.

The Institute focuses its research on the WTO’s rules system and operating mechanism, spreading over the wider spectrum from globalization to China’s opening up and reform. The Institute has brought together a top research team of law and economic scholars headed by Professor Zhang Hanlin and carried out a variety of academic activities, achieved a series of first-class research results and publications, such as the Encyclopedia of the WTO, The WTO and the future of China, Globalization and China’s strategy and policy. It has been widely recognized as the most important base and platform for academic innovation and communication in the WTO research area in China.

The Institute has made a lot of consultations for the central government, relevant ministries and local governments and become an influential think tank in the area of WTO and international economic relations. The Institute also confers doctoral and master degrees in world economy.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)


The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded over 118 years ago, India's premier business association has over 7100 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90,000 enterprises from around 257 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

With 63 offices, including 10 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, France, Singapore, South Africa, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 224 counterpart organizations in 90 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


ERIA is an international organization which provides intellectual contributions to further economic integration in the region through various research related activities. ERIA was established by a formal agreement among 16 Heads of the Governments at the 3rd East Asia Summit in Singapore on 21 November 2007. The inaugural ERIA Governor Board meeting was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 3 June 2008. A formal agreement was reached between Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat to recognize ERIA as an international organization on 30 December 2008.

ERIA works very closely with both the ASEAN Secretariat and 16 Research Institutes to undertake and disseminate policy research and provide analytical policy recommendations to Leaders and Ministers at their regional meetings. ERIA conducts its research works under three pillars, namely “Deepening Economic Integration”, ”Narrowing Development Gaps”, and “Sustainable Development”. ERIA’s Research covers a wide range of policy areas, such as trade and investment, globalization, SME promotion, human resource and infrastructure development, as well as energy and environment issues.

ERIA has been encouraged by ASEAN Summit and EAS Summit for its continued support to the Summit activities of ASEAN and East Asia through its research and policy recommendations. As its activity is highly recognized in those regions, ERIA ranks 28th among the world’s “Top 50 International Economic Policy Think Tanks” according to the 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report. ERIA is the only think tank in ASEAN to be honored in this category.

ERIA also organizes seminars and symposia with the aim of nurturing a sense of community in the region, seeking inputs from stakeholders, as well as disseminating ERIA related research findings. In order to strengthen policy research capacities and secure an intellectual basis for the regional development, ERIA also conducts capacity building programs.

[ERIA Annex Office]
6th Floor, Sentral Senayan 2, Jalan Asia-Afrika No.8, Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan,
Jakarta Pusat 10270, INDONESIA.
TEL:  +62-(0)21-5797-4460        FAX:  +62-(0)21-5797-4463



European Patent Office (EPO)

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The EPO offers patent protection in up to 40 European countries. Growing environmental awareness had led to an increase in patent applications for clean energy technologies. A new classification scheme helps you to analyse these.




European University Institute (EUI)

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The world faces new demands and challenges which increasingly span beyond national borders. In this complex, interlinked and fast-changing scenario, the Global Governance Programme (GGP), provides a unique setting to conduct research at the highest level, promote synergies with policy, generate ideas and identify creative and innovative solutions to global challenges.

The GGP takes pride in supporting a lively research community of distinguished scholars and promising academics who conduct interdisciplinary research on global socio-economic and political challenges. Aiming to respond to these challenges, but also to inform the agenda, the GGP provides policy analysis in a number of areas, including governance dimensions of international trade and economic policies, climate change and cultural pluralism. A theme of GGP activities is “Europe in the World,” focusing on lessons from European experiences with transnational governance and on what Europe can learn from innovative policies in other parts of the worls. The GGP offers also a unique executive training programme, the Academy of Global Governance, addressed to equip policymakers, diplomats, executives and academics with the knowledge and tools to tackle the global governance issues of today and pre-empt those of tomorrow.

The GGP is a core program of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) created in 1992 to develop interdisciplinary and comparative research and to promote work on the major issues facing the process of integration and European society. The Centre produces high quality research, offers high-level training, provides post- doctoral opportunities for young scholars working in its core research areas, and promotes dialogue with the world of practice. The RSCAS is part of the European University Institute (EUI), a distinctly international postgraduate teaching and research institute, founded in 1972 by the six original Member States of the European Community. Since then membership has expanded to 20 European states. It carries out research in a European perspective (fundamental research, comparative research and Community research) in history, law, economics, and political and social sciences.

Federated Farmers New Zealand

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Federated Farmers has evolved over many years and is the product of farming families and leaders with passion, drive and commitment to campaign for and support both rural communities and the agricultural industry.

The Federation's roots go back to 18 September 1899, with the first meeting of the New Zealand Farmers' Union.

The New Zealand Farmers' Union joined with the Sheepowners' Federation to form Federated Farmers of New Zealand Inc in 1945.

In 2005 Federated Farmers celebrated 60 years as the voice of New Zealand farming but its roots go back longer and deeper.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)


The Food and Agriculture Organization’s mandate is to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Global Voices

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Global Voices is a not for profit organisation seeking to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy both at home and abroad.  We do this through selecting, funding, preparing and then coordinating delegations of Australia’s future leaders to a variety of major international events. Examples of our previous delegations include those to APEC, the UNFCCC, Rio +20, the WTO Public Forum, and the OECD. We also run a domestic events program designed to bring young Australians face-to-face with key international decision makers over a small, intimate working meal.

Global Voices was founded in February 2011 by Thom Woodroofe as a non-profit private company limited by guarantee through a British Council grant. We are now funded through partnerships with Australia’s leading universities, the corporate & philanthropic communities and Government.

We are based in Melbourne, Australia with five part-time team members all aged under-25. Our board of directors is chaired by The Honourable Peter Lindsay, a former Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.

The delegates that Global Voices select to attend forums such as the WTO Ministerial Conference and Bali Trade and Development Symposium are high achievers and young leaders who are strongly engaged with trade and international diplomacy.

For more information on Global Voices:



Twitter: @globalvoicesau

Email: [email protected] during the Symposium

IDEAS Centre

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IDEAS Centre is an independent, non-profit organization. Its purpose is supporting low-income countries integrate into the world economy and the multilateral trading system - in a way that fosters and contributes to sustainable human development. The Centre’s core service is high-level policy advice that aims at building or strengthening capacities, institutions, mechanisms and networks. The Centre’s work is non-partisan and focuses on achieving practical results.

The Centre acts as:
- a facilitator and mediator for international economic cooperation;
- a strategic advisor in trade and economic policy areas;
- a promoter of development partnerships and locally-owned assistance programmes;
- a think tank generating ideas and pilot initiatives for trade- and economy-related cooperation at regional and international levels.

The Centre offers strategic policy advice to high-level government officials for the identification of national development priorities and interests, policy formulation and management, institution building and consultation with stakeholders in business and civil society. It assists in setting up policy action plans and in accessing external resources for development projects. It monitors projects - on behalf of recipient Governments, funding agencies and implementing bodies - and ensures that everything possible is undertaken to achieve project objectives through the careful and efficient use of resources.

Areas of focus:
1. Trade policy advice, including WTO accession and participation in international trade negotiations (for accession, projects in Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Montenegro, Serbia and Tajikistan; for trade policy advice, projects with the LDCs group in Geneva, in West and Central African (cotton project), Mozambique and Vietnam)
2. Regional economic cooperation (cotton project, SADC-EPA negotiations, ASEAN)
3. Private-public partnerships for positive trade and development linkages
4. Think tank work on emerging issues in the trade system and their importance for the poorer developing countries

Philosophy and approach:
The Centre’s philosophy and approach is comprehensive and inclusive: it works with policy leaders in governments, intergovernmental, organizations, academia, business and civil society to develop innovative solutions. The development perspective, priorities and problems of its partners are always the starting points for the Centre’s policy advice. The Centre favors flexibility and choice over standard approaches.

What are the Centre’s comparative advantages?
The Centre’s main advantages reside in the combined trade & development experience of its leaders and professionals as well as in its “beneficiary-driven” approach.

The Centre’s staff has:
- had successful national and international public service and private sector careers;
over the last 25 years, been involved in important international negotiations on international economic, trade and development issues;
- launched several new instruments for development cooperation and partnerships with the private sector;
- worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central and South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Centre’s staff combines:
- in-depth knowledge about development, trade and international cooperation (the functioning of the WTO, the World Bank, the regional development banks, the UNDP, the OECD as well as other specialised UN and economic organisations);
- large contact networks in trade, development, business and multilateral cooperation;
- solid experience with international trade negotiations, development projects, procurement standards and public-private partnerships.

Contact details
IDEAS Centre
10, rue de l’Arquebuse, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
T: +41 22 807 17 40 - F: +41 22 807 17 41

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)


ICRIER is an autonomous economic policy think tank. Its main focus is to enhance the knowledge content of policy making by undertaking analytical research that is targeted at informing India's policy makers and also at improving the interface with the global economy.

ICRIER conducts research in the following key areas:
- Macroeconomic Management in an Open Economy
- Trade Openness, Restructuring and Competitiveness
- Financial Sector Liberalization and Regulation
- WTO-related Issues
- Regional Economic Cooperation with Focus on South Asia
- Strategic Aspects of India's International Economic Relations
- Environment and Climate Change

To effectively disseminate research findings, ICRIER organizes workshops, seminars, public lectures, and conferences to bring together academicians, policymakers, and representatives from industry and media to create a more informed understanding on issues of major policy interest. ICRIER also publishes its own series of working papers and policy briefs which are widely circulated in India and abroad.

Institute for Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)


IDE-JETRO is a government-affiliated research institute based in Chiba, Japan. Its mission is to advance understanding of economic, political, and social issues in developing economies, and its research focuses on area studies, development economics, and theoretical economics. About 140 researchers are working in the institute building in Chiba as well as around the world conducting grounded research on site guided by the institute’s principle called “three localisms”, which are local stays, local languages, and local sources. Through its research, IDE-JETRO contributes insights to the government and the public not only on economic development and regional trends in economy and politics but also on issues such as conflicts and peace, environment, human rights, population, urbanization, and social simulation. IDE-JETRO also conducts joint research with international and overseas organizations, such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the US International Trade Commission, and more than several foreign governments and universities.

Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide

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Established in 2003, the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide is dedicated to the advancement of study in support of those who work in today's global economy, whether they are in business, government or academia.

As a leading institution in providing training, strategic advice and practical assistance relating to international trade policy, the Institute is an interdisciplinary unit with a strong track record in:

- Delivering specialised contract research and consulting, including trade-related research, providing strategic advice on business investment policy and sustainable development strategies

- Design and delivery of tailor-made capacity-building and trade negotiation training activities

- Delivery of academic programs focused on international trade, trade law and economic development

The Institute‘s past and present work include analysis of the implications of accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), potential impacts of free trade and preferential trade agreements, the provision of capacity building and trade negotiation training, analysis of the role of regional economic integration programs, and country-specific technical assistance for business, government and civil society.

Through this work, the Institute has established strong linkages, including with the WTO, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australia‘s Agency for International Development (AusAID), International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Institute has an extensive network of Associate Experts, with backgrounds in the fields of international trade negotiations, trade and economic analysis, policy research, and the implementation and delivery of aid and development programs. As part of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide, the Institute additionally has access to staff and lecturers from other disciplines such as economics, law, business, education, development and agriculture.

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), established in 1975, provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. The Institute conducts research, communicates results, optimizes partnerships, and builds capacity to ensure sustainable food production, promote healthy food systems, improve markets and trade, transform agriculture, build resilience, and strengthen institutions and governance. Gender is considered in all of the Institute’s work. IFPRI collaborates with partners around the world, including development implementers, public institutions, the private sector, and farmers’ organizations. IFPRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP)


ILEAP’s mission is to contribute to the reduction of poverty by supporting low-income countries and regions to secure pro-development and equitable outcomes from trade and investment negotiationsimplementation, and policy and regulatory reforms. Drawing on our international network of advisors, we do this through independent economic and legal advisory support, capacity building and the creation and dissemination of knowledge and information.

International Trade Centre (ITC)


ITC is a trade-related technical assistance agency under the joint auspices of UNCTAD and WTO, focussed on supporting the private sector in order to increase exports from developing countries and economies in transition.  ITC works to achieve sustainable development through exports — activating, supporting and delivering projects with an emphasis on achieving competitiveness.  ITC works through private sector partnerships and local engagement — to achieve practical export  outcomes.  ITC’s programme on trade in services provides technical advisory services to assist small and medium sized enterprises and trade support institutions in developing countries to organise better to build an enabling business environment for competitiveness in services, to achieve higher levels of value-added and to find new export clients and investment partners including access into international value chains. In services, the current focus is on tourism; transport, logistics and distribution;  IT and IT-enabled business.

To learn more about ITC, please refer to:

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

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National Farmers' Federation


The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia's foremost and respected advocacy organisations.

Since its inception in 1979, the NFF has earned a formidable reputation as a leader in the identification, development and achievement of policy outcomes - championing issues affecting farmers and dedicated to the advancement of agriculture.

The NFF is dedicated to proactively generating greater understanding and better-informed awareness of farming's modern role, contribution and value to the entire community.

One of the keys to the NFF's success has been its commitment to presenting innovative and forward-looking solutions to the issues affecting agriculture, striving to meet current and emerging challenges, and advancing Australia's vital agricultural production base.

Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (UN-OHRLLS)


The UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 through its resolution 56/227 with functions recommended by the Secretary-General in paragraph 17 of his report A/56/645. In this same resolution the General Assembly requested Member States, all United Nations system organizations, and other relevant multilateral organizations to extend full support and cooperation to the Office of the High Representative.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

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Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.

Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)


The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) is a non-profit international organization committed to the promotion of cooperation and dialogue in the Asia Pacific. Founded in 1980, PECC is a tripartite network of 26 member committees comprising individuals and institutions dedicated to this shared mission. Of the 26 member committees, 23 represent the economies of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands Forum, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam. The PECC also has one associate member, France (Pacific Territories), and two institutional members, the Pacific Trade and Development Conference and the Pacific Basin Economic Council. As the only non-governmental official observer of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), PECC provides independent business and research input for the regional policy-making process.

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

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Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi based autonomous think-tank under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is an organization that specializes in policy research on international economic issues and development cooperation. RIS is envisioned as a forum for fostering effective policy dialogue and capacity-building among developing countries on international economic issues. The focus of the work programme of RIS is to promote South- South Cooperation and assist developing countries in multilateral negotiations in various forums. RIS is engaged in the Track II process of several regional initiatives. RIS is providing analytical support to the Government of India in the negotiations for concluding comprehensive economic cooperation agreements with partner countries. Through its intensive network of policy think tanks, RIS seeks to strengthen policy coherence on international economic issues.

For more information about RIS and its work programme, please visit its website:


S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)


The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) is a professional graduate school of international affairs at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. RSIS' mission is to develop a community of scholars and policy analysts at the forefront of security studies and international affairs. Its core functions are research, graduate teaching and networking. It produces cutting-edge research on Asia Pacific Security, Multilateralism and Regionalism, Conflict Studies, Non-Traditional Security, International Political Economy, and Country and Region Studies. RSIS' activities are aimed at assisting policymakers to develop comprehensive approaches to strategic thinking on issues related to security and stability in the Asia Pacific.

South Africa Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

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The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has a long and proud record as South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. It is an independent, non-government think-tank whose purpose is to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. It is both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public debate. It was ranked the top think tank in sub-Saharan Africa in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the University of Pennsylvania.

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)

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South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), established in 1999, is a regional network that operates through its secretariat in Kathmandu and member institutions in five South Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The overall objective of SAWTEE is to build the capacity of concerned stakeholders in South Asia in the context of liberalization and globalization. It envisions fair, equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth and development in South Asia by enabling stakeholders—particularly the poor and marginalized—to derive net benefits from changing political economy and environmental landscapes. It equips stakeholders with knowledge, information and skills to represent their interests and assert their rights to development. SAWTEE’s motto has always been “Globalization yes, but with safety nets”.

SAWTEE’s core focus has been to contribute to enhancing meaningful participation of South Asian countries in and their integration into the sub-regional, regional and multilateral trade, economic and environmental systems. Policy research, advocacy, capacity building, sensitization, and networking and alliance building have been the core strategies of the organization since its establishment. One of its regular activities for policy outreach and advocacy is the publication and dissemination of its flagship publication Trade Insight.

SAWTEE’s works on issues related to trade, development, farmers’ rights, food security and climate change, among others, have been greatly applauded for their wider impact in the region. Due to its research capacity, policy outreach and developmental impacts, SAWTEE has been increasingly recognized as an important think tank at local, national, regional and global levels.

Swedish Standards Institute (SIS)


SIS department for International Development Cooperation works closely with developing countries to enhance their capacity to become international standard makers.

This is achieved by supporting a variety of stakeholders to take an active part in the process of developing and adopting voluntary international standards. SIS is currently active in East Africa and South & Southeast Asia supporting the undertaking of two projects involving sustainability standards which aim to build capacity within standardisation. By doing this, it is hoped that the participating countries will obtain a stronger voice in international standardisation through the public and private stakeholders involved. This can in turn lead to new and better opportunities for trade, policy making and sustainable development.

The Commonweath Secretariat

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The Commonwealth Secretariat is the main intergovernmental agency of the Commonwealth, a family of 53 sovereign countries united by shared values and principles. The Secretariat was established in 1965 and provides technical assistance, advisory services and policy guidance in the areas of democracy, economic development, governance, small states, social development and youth. It develops programmes to carry out decisions made by Heads of Government and coordinates meetings for Commonwealth countries to work together, share ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest.

Over two billion people, or nearly a third of the world’s population, live in the Commonwealth, which also accounts for one-fifth of global trade. Over half of its citizens are 25 or under. Commonwealth countries span over Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe and the Pacific, and include some of the largest, smallest, richest and poorest. Thirty-two of its members are small states, many of them island nations. The Commonwealth is an influential voice for small and vulnerable economies, and advocates at the highest levels on issues of growth, resilience and climate change.

The Commonwealth provides an effective network for cooperation promoting development. Commonwealth policies are shaped by member countries, who have an equal say on decisions affecting them.

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Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (TRALAC)

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TRALAC  is a capacity-building organisation developing trade-related capacity in east and southern Africa. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, tralac aims to enhance the trade law and policy capacity in this region. tralac works with governments and non-state actors; these include private sector and civil society organisations.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

ECA’s strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa's priorities. To enhance its impact, ECA places a special focus on collecting up-to-date and original regional statistics in order to ground its policy research and advocacy on clear objective evidence; promoting policy consensus; providing meaningful capacity development; and providing advisory services in key thematic fields.

World Farmers' Organisation

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WFO, the World Farmers Organisation, is an International Organisation of  Farmers for  Farmers, which aims to bring together all the national producer and farm cooperative organisations with the objective of developing policies which favor and support farmers' causes in developed and developing countries around the world.

WFO is an organisation of agricultural producers that aims to strengthen farmers' positions within value chains, with a particular focus on smallholder farmers. By advocating on behalf of farmers and representing their interests in international policy forums, WFO supports farmers in better managing extreme price volatility, leveraging market opportunities, and timely access to market information.

WFO's work covers all agriculture related thematic areas including forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, environment, trade, extension, research and education. WFO encourages farmers' involvement in sustainable rural development, the protection of the environment and facing other emerging challenges, such as climate change, generational renewal, and gender equality.


WFO's mandate
Is to bring together farmers' organisations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world, representing the global farmer community: nano, small, medium and large-scale farmers.

WFO's mission
Is to represent and advocate on behalf of farmers in global policy forums and create the conditions for the adoption of policies aimed to improve the economic environment and livelihood of producers, their families, and rural communities.

Contribute to global food security by facilitating cooperation between the associated organisations to improve farmers' position in the food chain around the world facilitate the organisation of agricultural producers and enable them to improve their position in the food supply chain encourage and enable farmers' involvement in sustainable rural development, the environment and new emerging challenges, such as climate change, the renewal of generations and gender equality


In order to achieve its objectives, WFO must:
Represent its members in governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental venues, with a view to encouraging the world's farming community to establish and develop contacts, relations and partnerships. Promote and advocate on behalf of farmers, encouraging the creation of adequate agricultural policies.  Encourage partnerships among its members, as well as with international   organisations, executing agreements, protocols and conventions with other bodies and third parties in general. Conduct and promote research, in-depth analysis and studies, as well as support and organise conferences, meetings and seminars on topics and arguments of interest to the Organisation.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Our mission is to promote innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.

We promote the development and use of the international IP system through:

  • Services - We run systems which make it easier to obtain protection internationally for patents, trademarks, designs and appellations of origin; and to resolve IP disputes.
  • Law - We help develop the international legal IP framework in line with society’s evolving needs.
  • Infrastructure - We build collaborative networks and technical platforms to share knowledge and simplify IP transactions, including free databases and tools for exchanging information.
  • Development - We build capacity in the use of IP to support economic development.

We also work with our member states and stakeholders to improve understanding and respect for IP worldwide. We provide economic analysis and statistics. And we contribute IP-based solutions to help tackle global challenges.

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We offer advice, training and representation in the context of trade negotiations, dispute settlement and national trade policy formulation and implementation.

Our clients include developing country governments, their donors and international governmental organisations, as well as NGOs, trade associations and private businesses.

WTI Advisors brings high-end professional servicesto those clients who need them at affordable rates. Led by experienced trade practitioners , WTI Advisors draws on the consulting capacity of the faculty, fellows and PhD students of the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Berne.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. The WTO also provides a legal and institutional framework for the implementation and monitoring of these agreements, as well as for settling disputes arising from their interpretation and application. The current body of trade agreements comprising the WTO consists of 16 different multilateral agreements (to which all WTO members are parties) and two different plurilateral agreements (to which only some WTO members are parties).

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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Our mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. From our experience as the world's leading independent conservation body, we know that the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. That's why we take an integrated approach to our work.

We're striving to safeguard the natural world, helping people live more sustainably and take action against climate change. We spend a lot of time working with communities, with politicans and with businesses to find solutions so people and nature can thrive.

Our projects are innovative, collaborative and based on scientific evidence. And we think big. We run a number of Global initiatives focussing on the regions and challenges where we can make the biggest difference - from the Arctic and the Amazon to responsible fishing.

WTO and RTA Center, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER)


Given the fact that international trade policy related to the WTO and regional economic integration on the form of Regional Trade Agreement (RTA) involves a wide range of complex issues and tasks, the Taiwan Government started to initiate the establishment of a research institute that not only provides WTO and RTA research capacity but also undertakes WTO and RTA related training, database and promotional activities. Under the leadership of Mr. Vincent Siew, Taiwan’s former Vice President and Chairman of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), the WTO and RTA Center was established in 2003 as the only government-supported WTO and RTA researches and advisory institution in Taiwan.

The WTO and RTA Center is assigned with five major missions:
(1)   The creation of multidisciplinary and policy-oriented research capacities through which to facilitate the government in participating in multilateral (WTO, RTA), bilateral (FTA) as well as international trade activities.
(2)   The construction of a WTO/RTA databank and a designated website as the platform for effective information and knowledge sharing.
(3)   The training and cultivation of international trade professionals.
(4)   The enhancement of Taiwan’s participation in WTO and RTA through international networking activities.
(5)   The establishment of an industry-government dialogue platform to enable refined interaction between the government and the industry.

E15 Partners

Chatham House

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Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all.


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)


Peace, democracy, and development in social justice – those are the values championed by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in its international work. Working with its partners in a spirit of mutual trust, it develops sustainable approaches for political reforms capable of producing noticeable gains in justice, participation, democratic involvement, institutional efficiency and performance, and political implementation. Through its worldwide network and projects in over 100 countries, FES organizes debates and discussions on current political and social problems and challenges.

FES Geneva works in cooperation with the Geneva based international organizations. Partners include both non-state actors (NGO-activists, trade unionists, journalists, academics and parliamentarians) and representatives of governments (including members of diplomatic missions). The main areas of activities are: trade and development, labour standards, and human rights. In addition, human security and climate change are two cross-cutting issues on the list of priorities FES Geneva focuses on developing countries emphasizing capacity building, South-South dialogue as well as Dialogue on Globalization (coordinated via triangle of FES-offices in Berlin, Geneva, and New York). FES Geneva is linked to the Berlin based FES-department for Global Policy and Development and works very closely with the FES Indonesia office in Jakarta regarding the upcoming WTO MC9.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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We support efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

Established in 1959, we are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. We have an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase our development impact in the region.

While we are a regular bank in many ways, we are also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, we also provide grants, technical assistance and do research. Our shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB.

Our Fund for Special Operations (FSO) provides concessional financing to our most vulnerable member countries.

Given our shareholder base and prudent management, we have a strong financial position. As a result, the IDB is able to borrow in international markets at competitive rates and transfer that benefit to our clients.

International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC)

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The International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council promotes the role of trade in creating a more open, equitable, productive and sustainable global food and agricultural system. IPC makes pragmatic trade policy recommendations to help solve the major challenges facing the global food and agricultural system in the 21st century—the need to promote global food security, to sustainably increase productivity, and to contribute to economic growth and development.

IPC convenes influential policymakers, agribusiness executives, farm and civil society leaders, and academics from around the world in order to clarify complex issues, foster broad stakeholder participation in policy deliberations, and build consensus around pragmatic policy recommendations.

The Evian [email protected]

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The Evian Group, founded in 1995 by Jean-Pierre Lehmann, is an international coalition of corporate, government and opinion leaders, committed to fostering an open, inclusive, equitable and sustainable global market economy supported by a rules-based multilateral framework.  The Evian Group has been described as a “bridge between north and south” and a “birthplace of ideas”:  in its diverse activities it draws on the collective wisdom and experience of its members, Brains Trust, and associates, to provide greater knowledge, vision and direction in meeting the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.  The Evian Group became a legal part of its host institution, IMD, in 2012 and is now known officially as The Evian [email protected]

At The Evian [email protected] (TEG), we believe that nations and companies which embrace globalization fare better than those that try to hide from it.  TEG seeks to promote better knowledge on how multilateral rules can foster economic, social, and environmental sustainability.  Strengthening global economic governance, especially the rules-based multilateral trading system, is arguably one of the greatest responsibilities of global leaders. This is all the more imperative and urgent at a time when the world economy is undergoing profound transformations, leading to both unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

Currently, TEG, under its new director (Carlos A. Primo Braga), is implementing a program that promotes multi-stakeholder dialogue focusing on the “fault lines” that currently threaten a sustainable and inclusive globalization.  Through our network of more than 8,000 individuals and institutions, TEG engages in research and convenes issue-specific, multi-stakeholder roundtables that provide breadth and depth of perspective for the global executive and citizen.   For more information about TEG visit:

World Economic Forum (WEF)


The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Forum’s experience since its foundation in 1971 shows there are few issues that cannot be adequately progressed by convening the most relevant actors from all sectors – business, government and civil society – in a high-level, informal environment of trust. Among international institutions, the Forum is an impartial platform for transforming dialogue into insights, insights into agendas, and agendas into action. This provides the practical basis for our mission: to improve the state of the world by serving as a trusted partner of all the stakeholders of global society as they embark upon transformation processes in response to the profound economic, social and political changes sweeping our world.

World Trade Institute (WTI)

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The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a centre of excellence of the University of Bern and the Faculty of Law. It is one of the world’s leading academic institutions dedicated to the regulation of international trade. The WTI transcends boundaries. It fuses law, economics and international relations in interdisciplinary research, training, advisory work and technical assistance in Switzerland and abroad.

The WTI was the first, and is the most experienced institution in the world offering a specialised postgraduate degree in the law and economics of international trade regulation, through its flagship Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme. Its doctoral programme offers working professionals and Master’s-level graduates in economics, political science and law the opportunity to further their professional and academic careers. Students benefit from the WTI’s extraordinary global faculty, consisting of leading scholars and practitioners drawn from the ranks of the world’s most prominent universities, policy research institutions, law firms and international organisations. The WTI equips students with the practical skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of global governance.

 As host institution of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade Regulation, the WTI is at the core of a global research network connecting its students to researchers, practitioners and its own alumni in the field. Its purpose is to develop innovative policy recommendations, which reflect a better balance between economic and other regulatory objectives.

 The WTI is located in the heart of Europe in Switzerland’s capital – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and is well connected with international organisations, government agencies, and leading trade law firms in Geneva and Brussels. Students and researchers learn and work in an environment of stimulating intellectual excitement and innovative research.

 Read more about the WTI at and find further information about its research on trade regulation at


Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

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SECO is the federal government's centre of expertise for all core issues relating to economic policy. Its aim is to ensure sustainable economic growth by putting in place the necessary regulatory and economic policy conditions.

Employers and employees should be able to benefit from growth-oriented policies, the removal of barriers to trade, and the reduction of Switzerland's relatively high prices.

On the domestic front, SECO acts as an interface between business, social partners and government. It supports the regionally and structurally balanced development of the economy and ensures the protection of employees. Through its labour market policy, it contributes to the prevention and tackling of unemployment and consequently to upholding social peace.

SECO also helps to ensure access to all markets for Swiss goods and services and investment. In terms of foreign trade policy, SECO is active in the formulating of efficient, fair and transparent rules for the world economy.

Switzerland's relations to the European Union are coordinated by the Integration Office, a joint office of the FDFA and the FDEA. SECO is also involved in efforts to reduce poverty in the form of economic development cooperation.