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The agreement is unique in that it allows developing and least developed countries to set their own timetables for the implementation of the TFA, based on their willingness to do so. At the request of developing and least developed countries, a Trade Facilitation Mechanism (TFAF) has been set up to ensure that they receive the assistance they need to take full advantage of the benefits of the TFA and to support the final goal of full implementation of the new agreement by all members. For more information on the FSF, see Section III. Section III contains institutional and final provisions on relations with other WTO agreements, the post-entry membership process of the agreement, the WTO Trade Facilitation Committee and the national trade facilitation committees to be set up in all WTO members. In the two years since it came into force, 141 out of 164 countries have ratified the agreement, representing 86% of WTO membership (the TFA being applied on the basis of the most favoured nations). 12 of the other 22 countries are LDCs. Nine countries have not ratified the TFA and have not communicated the commitments of Categories A, B and C. This means that the level of development can have a direct impact on the complexity of legal systems and on countries` ability to assess what they have to do, prompting donors and development partners to assist in legal processes. The Aid to Trade initiative, launched in 2005 by WTO members, aims to help developing countries develop trade capacity, improve infrastructure and improve opportunities for trade opening. To date, more than $340 billion has been provided to support aid-for-trade projects.

A comprehensive review of the initiative is held every two years at WTOs headquarters. Once all the necessary basic information has been obtained, the working group will focus on issues relating to the disparity between WTO rules and the applicant`s international and domestic trade policy and legislation. The working group sets the conditions for accession to the WTO candidate country and may consider transitional periods to give countries some leeway to comply with WTO rules. [88] Figure 4 summarizes the notification received on 20 February 2019 regarding the above points of developed, developing and least developed WTO members. However, the dispute resolution system cannot be used to resolve trade disputes arising from political differences. When Qatar called for the creation of a body on the measures imposed by the United Arab Emirates, other GCC countries and the United States immediately rejected their request as a political issue and declared that national security issues were political and unsuitable for the WTO system. [87] Since 22 February 2019, 15 notifications[3] of information on their technical assistance programmes have been submitted, while only 8[4] of these 15 developed WTO members have notified their TACB application mechanism. These figures show that developed countries need to make additional efforts to comply with the notification in order to provide support to developing and least developed countries in the WTO. Provisions that the member will implement until the agreement comes into force (or, in the case of a Member State with the least developed country, within one year of its entry into force) The WTO organises hundreds of technical cooperation missions each year in developing countries. In addition, there are numerous trade policy courses for government officials in Geneva every year.