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Joint UNCTAD-World Bank Workshop on Non-Tariff Measures

May 30, 2023
Washington, DC

About the Workshop

This workshop will showcase the latest rigorous and policy-relevant research and analysis of trade-related regulations and non-tariff measures (NTMs). In 2018, UNCTAD and the World Bank launched the “Top-25 Traders NTMs database” and preliminary descriptive and analytical results. Five years later, the database has been used in a growing body of policy-related research and reports. This event will take stock of some of the most important work and launch a new campaign to fully update the “Top-25 Traders NTM Database.”

Note that another related NTM workshop will take place in Geneva on June 23 and June 26. Additional details are available on the UNCTAD website.


This hybrid workshop will take place in Washington, DC in the World Bank's Main Campus (MC) building located at 1818 H St. NW in room MC 2-800. Virtual participation will happen via Webex. Please register to indicate your interest in participating and to receive further details. Note that in-person attendance may be limited by room capacity. The organizing team will be in touch to confirm your participation. 

About the Data

Since 2015 UNCTAD and the World Bank have been working together to collect non-tariff measures (NTM) data. In 2018 the institutions launched the NTM database, which covers the top 25 importing countries of the world. This comprehensive database provides information on the rules and regulations pertaining to the imports of these countries at a detailed product level with respect to each of their trading partner. Given that tariffs have been declining for most countries since the 1990s, the policy role of NTMs in affecting trade are only getting more important. The NTM database is accessible through WITS and has been widely used since its 1st launch 5 years ago.

All times given are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / Washington, DC local time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

9:15 - 9:30 AMWelcome Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45 AM


Indermit Gill (Chief Economist of the World Bank Group & Senior Vice President for Development Economics)

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Databases on Non-Tariff Measures and the Associated Ad Valorem Equivalent: An Introduction [RECORDING]

Presenter: Hiau Looi Kee (Development Research Group, World Bank)
Dataset: Database of Ad Valorem Equivalent Estimates of Non-Tariff Measures (DAVE-NTM)

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Tariff and Non-Tariff Measures: Trade Policies Mix and Match

Presenter: Enze Xie (Development Research Group, World Bank)

Co-author: Hiau Looi Kee

10:30 - 11:00 AM

The Heterogeneous Effects of Trade Policy on Trade Resilience during the 2020 Trade Downturn

Presenter: Alessandro Nicita (UNCTAD)

11:00 - 11:15 AMCoffee Break
11:15 - 11:45 AM

Fertilizer import ban, agro-exports, and welfare: Evidence from Sri Lanka

Presenter: Devaki Ghose (Development Research Group, World Bank)

Co-authors: Eduardo Fraga, Ana Fernandes, and Gonzalo Varela

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Market Access Regulations and the Reallocation of Trade

Presenter: Lucas Zavala (DIME, World Bank)

Co-authors: Ana Margarida Fernandes, Tristan Reed, Jose-Daniel Reyes, and Ryan Haygood

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Lunch and Keynote [RECORDING]

Chad Bown (PIIE)

1:15 - 1:45 PM

A Time-varying Dataset on NTMs in Indonesia

Presenter: Angella Faith Montfaucon (Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice / East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank)

Co-authors: Massimiliano Cali, Bayu Agnimaruto, Jana Mirjam Silberring, Csilla Lakatos, Mochamad Pasha, Agnesia Adhissa Hasmand, Nabil Rizky Ryandiansyah, Muhammad Hazmi Ash Shidqi, Aufa Doarest, and Wisnu Harto Adiwojoyo

1:45 - 2:15 PM

Nutritional Impacts of Trade Policies

Presenter: Mochamad Pasha (East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank)

Co-authors: Massimiliano Cali, Francis Addeah Darko, Sudarno Sumarto, Taufik Hidayat, and Sailesh Tiwari

2:15 - 2:45 PM

Streamlining NTMs through a Theory of Chance in a fragile policy environment: the case of the Turkish Cypriot Community

Presenter: Fabio Artuso (Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice, World Bank)

2:45 - 3:00 PMCoffee Break
3:00 - 3:30 PM

Green Goods Trade in the Philippines: The Role of Policies and Impacts on the Labor Market

Presenter: Souleymane Coulibaly (Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group, World Bank)

Co-authors: Angella Montfaucon, Regina Seri Atsebi, and Natnael Simachew Nigatu

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Domestic Value Added, Non-Tariff Measures and Green Products: Firm Evidence from China

Presenter: Hiau Looi Kee (Development Research Group, World Bank)

Co-authors: Daria Taglioni and Enze Xie

4:00 - 4:30 PM


Ralf Peters (UNCTAD)


  • DATE: May 30, 2023
  • TIME: 9:15AM - 4:30PM EDT
  • LOCATION: Washington, DC, World Bank Main Campus (MC Building), Room MC 2-800
  • CONTACT: Anna Goodman