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Online Course on Enhancing Trade Information Portals

Trade information portals (TIPs), sometimes also called National Trade Portals/Repositories (NTP/Rs), are websites where one can obtain information on laws, regulations and procedures that need to be followed when engaging in international trade. The information and services provided through TIPs have the potential to enhance regulatory transparency and greatly facilitate trade. While many countries already have some forms of TIPs, ensuring their effectiveness and sustainability often remains a challenge.

The objective of this online course on enhancing TIPs is to provide a framework and guidelines for assessing the as-is conditions of a TIP and generating recommendations for its improvement.



The course is divided into seven modules as follows:

  1. Objectives and challenges of TIPs​
  2. Adopting a framework for effective and sustainable TIPs
  3. Consolidating and publishing effective contents
  4. Evaluating the services and performance of TIPs​
  5. Measuring and improving high-impact quality attributes​
  6. Maturity Roadmap Model: A roadmap for highly effective TIPs
  7. How TIPs may change in the future

For guidance on how to study this course, you may refer to the Study Guide. You are also recommended to study the Guide to Enhancing the Trade Information Portals while you take the course. The online course also includes the possibility of obtaining a certificate. To obtain a certificate, a course participant should achieve more than 75 percent correct answers on the QUIZ.

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For more information, please contact: [email protected]

*Note: The online course was developed jointly by the ESCAP and the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), based on the materials used in the Workshop on Enhancing National Trade Portals/Repositories (NTP/Rs), organized as part of the ESCAP-ARTNeT-ITD Online Course on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development.
**Acknowledgement: Simon Nathaniel Hardy made significant contribution in developing the course, including voice-recording of the video modules.
***Disclaimer: The designations employed and the presentation of the material in the online course do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The United Nations bears no responsibility for the availability or functionality of URLs. Opinion, figures and estimates set forth in this online course should not necessarily be considered as reflecting the views or carrying the endorsement of the United Nations. Mention of firm names and commercial products does not imply the endorsement of the United Nations. Specific cases of country TIPs are presented in this online course for the purpose of illustration and do not represent their actual status and performance.