WTO: The World Trade Organization is an organization for trade opening. It is a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements. It is a place for them to settle trade disputes. It operates a system of trade rules. Essentially, the WTO is a place where member governments try to sort out the trade problems they face with each other.
Building trade capacity: WTO agreements contain special provision for developing countries, including longer time periods to implement agreements and commitments, measures to increase their trading opportunities, and support to help them build their trade capacity, to handle disputes and to implement technical standards. The WTO organizes hundreds of technical cooperation missions to developing countries annually. It also holds numerous courses each year in Geneva for government officials. Aid for Trade aims to help developing countries develop the skills and infrastructure needed to expand their trade.
TRAPCA: The mandate of TRAPCA is to build and enhance capacity in trade policy matters in least-developed and other developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In furtherance of this mandate, TRAPCA facilitates networking and the sharing of information among the target countries. The core functions of the centre include the following:
To provide academic and competence-based training in trade policy;
To generate new knowledge by serving as a catalyst for institutional change and research;
To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, information and experiences; and
To provide support in such areas as trade development, trade promotion and institutional capacity. www.trapca.org