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E-learning course on using UNESCAP’s Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Advisor (TINA)


What is TINA

ESCAP’s Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (TINA – is an online tool designed to assist trade policymakers and researchers in carrying out analytical tasks commonly conducted as part of trade agreement negotiations. Many of the intense tasks undertaken for trade agreement negotiations require specialized analytical and data management skills and are time-consuming when performed manually. TINA automates many of such tasks, enabling countries with limited resources to benefit from the same level of preparation as those afforded by larger economies. It was developed in close consultation with current and former members of trade negotiation teams throughout the Asia-Pacific region, using state of the art methodologies and technologies.

Since its inception in 2018, TINA has assisted several countries in the region. For example, the at the request of the Government of Bangladesh, TINA was used to help them with the Bangladesh-India trade agreement feasibility study; for the Government of India – studying the potential effects of India-EU/India-UK trade agreements; and for the Government of Mongolia – the potential of the Mongolia-Republic of Korea trade agreement.

Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vanuatu have also benefitted from using an additional key feature of TINA which evaluates the trade impacts of least developed country status graduation and resulting partial withdrawal of preferences by major trading partners such as the European Union, the United States, China and India. This feature is significant as it identifies sectors and markets most likely to be impacted, thus drawing policymakers’ attention to accord higher prioritization.


Tariff and trade data, sources and harmonization

Getting started, descriptive statistics

Offensive interests

Modelling elimination of tariffs

Modelling preference loss and LDC graduation

Additional features

Once you have completed reviewing the tutorial videos, you can take this short quiz to see how comfortable you are with using TINA for your own research. You will need to have TINA open in a separate tab or window while you take this quiz, as you will need to select the correct answers based on results presented on the tool.

Please note you will need to obtain a score of at least 75% on the quizzes. You will be awarded a Certificate from United Nations ESCAP for the course if you pass the quiz.

Please complete this evaluation questionnaire. For more information, please contact: [email protected]