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6 January 2003
WTO specialized course “Negotiating Trade Agreements: from Theory to Practice”

A two-week WTO Specialized Course entitled “Negotiating Trade Agreements: from Theory to Practice” took place from 2 to 13 December 2002 in Geneva.

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Twenty-three government officials from developing countries and economies in transition had the opportunity to strengthen their negotiation skills and knowledge. The WTO Training Institute along with the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS-Geneva) organized this first-of-its-kind course, with the support of the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN).

This initiative falls into the mandate of the WTO Training Institute to provide the developing countries with enhanced negotiation skills development and training opportunities. The main objective of this course is to give the participants basic factual and analytical tools to handle negotiation processes, in particular within the context of the ongoing WTO talks held in the context of the “Doha Development Agenda”. Leading scholars actively participated to this activity. In order for the participants to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the first week, the second week was entirely devoted to a negotiation simulation. This course constitutes a contribution to an enhanced cooperation between the WTO Training Institute and the academic community.

The data collected during the simulation exercise, will serve as a useful basis for further research activities in the area of negotiation.

This training course completed the programme of activities of the WTO Training Institute for 2002. Two Trade Policy Courses with fifty-eight officials of developing countries and economies in transition as well as a three-week introduction course for representatives of least developed countries also came to an end at the beginning of December.
  

List of the participants to the WTO Specialized Course.   back to top

“Negotiating trade agreements: from theory to practice”
2-13 December 2002

Argentina

Mr. Guillermo DEVOTO

Belarus

Mr. Alexandr KULINKOVICH

Cuba

Mr. Pedro Pablo SAN JORGE

Fiji

Mr. Pio TABAIWALU

Gambia

Mr. Saikou SAIDILY

Georgia

Mrs Tamar BERUCHASHVILI

Hong Kong, China

Miss Mui Har Anne PAK

Jamaica

Mr. Wayne McCOOK

Lithuania

Miss Diana ČISTOVAITĖ

Macao, China

Miss My Yen LU

Morocco

Miss Ilham IDRISSI BICHR

Myanmar

Ms Win Min PHYOE

Namibia

Mrs. Lucia RADOVANOVIC

Paraguay

Mr. Raul CANO-RICCIARDI

Philippines

Mr. Ramon KABIGTING

Romania

Mrs. Roxana STEFAN

Sri Lanka

Mr. Abewarna Patabendige Jagath Nanda KUMARA

Suriname

Mr. Olten van GENDEREN

Tonga

Mr. Siope V. 'OFA

Turkey

Miss Elçin EDIS

Uganda

Mr. Laurean BATEGANA

Viet Nam

Mr. Quoc Tru PHAM

Yugoslavia

Mrs Mila BESTIC