Technical Assistance to support Pacific ACP States to prepare their trade in goods market access offers for the purpose of EPA negotiations

The overall objective of this project was to assist the 7 countries of the Pacific Island Forum in preparing their EPA trade in goods offers. For this project, ECOPA developed an EPA Data Tool (based on a partial equilibrium model) to analyze and formulate EPA offers.

The Data Tool was built upon trade flows and tariffs data coming from three different databases: (i) National data provided by Customs Authorities; (ii) Mirror data provided by the EU, extracted from the Comext2 database; (iii) Mirror data for other major partners (Australia, New Zealand, USA), extracted from the WITS/COMTRADE database.

The ECOPA’s consultants provided extensive training to senior staff in the 7 PACPS on how to use and update the Data Tool.

For TradeCom (2010).