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the former participants, Mr. Moore said it was very comforting to see
how their governments have made a judicious allocation of their
resources by appointing them in Geneva. “You are the living proof
that the courses are useful and deserve to be supported as a core
activity of the WTO Secretariat”, he said. Close to 2000 government
representatives have participated in the Trade Policy Courses since
their introduction in 1955.
that currently available resources do not permit to increase
substantially the capacity of the organization to contribute to
capacity building, Mr. Moore reaffirmed his determination to pursue
the matter with a view to expanding and improving the WTO technical
assistance and training programme. He underlined that the Residential
WTO Trade Policy Courses constitute only one facet of the
organization's contribution to strengthening human resources in
developing countries and economies in transition. The Director-General
also mentioned the project, further down the road, to establish a WTO
Trade Policy Academy or Institute.
the meeting, the participants have decided to reactivate the
“Association of Former Participants in GATT/WTO Trade Policy
Courses”. Mr. Alberto Dumont, Deputy Permanent Representative of
Argentina, has been elected President of the Association and Mr.
Mohamed Samir Koubaa, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Tunisia, Secretary/Treasurer of the Association.
who attended the meeting unanimously welcomed the reactivation of the
Association as it will, in an informal and convivial setting, offer an
additional forum to share views and opinions on a number of issues of
common interest in relation to the evolution of the Multilateral