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Making Notes


SAI delivers customized solutions in the field of international trade negotiations, policymaking, implementation, and trade law

Since 2009, serving as “in-house” and team-oriented support to developing countries, LDCs and emerging economies; since end 2011 ACP Group, and since 2014, the LDC Group, before the WTO. The firm delivers customized solutions in the field of international trade negotiations, policy making, implementation, and trade law. SAI outputs hone negotiating skills through simulations exercises and mechanisms for bottom-up innovative approaches, and as well as delivery of strategic advisory services to build skills, know-how, and capacity. Since 2014, SAI has been preparing technical notes, analysis and drafting for ACP and LDC Groups for fisheries subsidies negotiations. In addition, SAI has assisted developing and least developed countries in delivering over 100 text submissions to the WTO. 

Our team includes over 15 resident and global independent experts providing specialized experienced evidence-based advice, technical materials, assistance drafting submissions reflecting positions and toward convergence, tracking, and analysis, on a number of trade issues and negotiating platforms including WTO rules, services trade, electronic commerce/digital trade, agriculture, industrial goods, fisheries regimes and subsidies, standards, environmental goods and services, trade measures linked to covid-19, specific trade concerns, WTO accession, Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights, Trade Facilitation Agreement, regional and bilateral trade agreements, tracking joint statement initiatives; and deliberations in WTO bodies. As well as following regular WTO meetings, SAI experts also track the Joint Statement Initiative (JSI) meetings.


SAI places a premium on fostering and enriching relationships in trade rules negotiations and implementation. The team has provided several years of strategic advisory services to countries in the process of WTO accession. In the context of the covid-19 pandemic, SAI has provided support to the ACP Group and Least Developed Countries Group to conduct web-based meetings to foster engagement and enable internal deliberations on fast moving negotiating files, notably on fisheries subsidies. In addition, SAI has supported these groups identify and highlight key challenges and opportunities in the services sector to advance their own capacity to build resilience and disaster preparedness, while forging a sustainable path ahead to develop. 


SAI partners and collaborates with international organizations and enterprises delivering development trade support. SAI also conducts training based on real-life negotiation models; workshops, brainstorming seminars, webinars, and other expert topical platforms; tested and proven WTO group virtual brainstorming, seminars and working meetings.

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