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27 April 2004
WTO TRAINING COURSES

WTO Caribbean Trade Policy Course concludes

Thirty-one government officials from 17 countries/territories attended on 22 April 2004 the closing ceremony marking the conclusion of the Caribbean Regional Trade Policy Course, organized by the WTO Secretariat, in partnership with the University of the West Indies. The course, held at the Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica, started on 2 February and ended on 23 April 2004.

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The ceremony was attended by Senator the Hon. Delano Franklyn, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and by Professor Kenneth O. Hall, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. Mr. Alberto Campeas, Director of the WTO Development Division, as well as other representatives from the WTO Secretariat also attended the ceremony.

During twelve weeks, the participants were immersed in the WTO work and were given the opportunity to learn in a theoretical and practical way the functioning of the organization. Participating officials became acquainted, through lectures, debates, visits to regulatory agencies and simulation exercises, with virtually all the issues dealt with in the framework of the organization.

The overall objective of the course was to widen participants' understanding of trade policy matters, the multilateral trading system, international trade law and the functioning of the WTO. One of the main features of the regional trade policy courses is that all topics are presented by both WTO staff and regional resource persons from regional academic institutions and think-tanks.

Minister Franklyn congratulated the group for completing the demanding training programme and "wish for you and your territories success as you move to apply your talents in service of all the peoples of our region". He thanked the WTO for establishing a regional trade policy course in the Caribbean and said that "this is a testament to attempts by the WTO to fulfil the commitment given at the Doha Ministerial Conference in 2001 to provide enhanced technical assistance to developing and least-developed countries".

Mr. Campeas thanked the University of the West Indies for its unstinting support and commitment as well as the Vice-Chancellor and the Principal "for their support of this project from its inception". To the participants, he said "I believe you will be in a better position to analyse, develop and defend your national positions in the WTO".

On behalf of the participants, Miss Bernadette Butler from The Bahamas, said that "The Trade Policy Course, above all, afforded people from the region to interact and to discuss the issues that are relevant to us. The participants would like to thank the WTO and the University of the West Indies for providing us with this opportunity."
  

List of the participants  back to top

Anguilla

Mr. RICHARDSON, Kenrick, Controller of Customs

Antigua and Barbuda

Mr. FREELAND, Michael, Trade Affairs Officer, International Trade Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Antigua and Barbuda

Miss GOMES, Natasha Marian, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bahamas

Miss BUTLER, Bernadette May Evelyn, Counsel, Office of the Attorney-General, Ministry of Trade and Industry

Bahamas

Mr. EDWARDS, Hermis David, Superintendent of Customs, Bahamas Customs Department, Ministry of Trade and Industry

Barbados

Miss HEWITT, Marlene, Senior Business Development Officer, Ministry of Industry and International Business

Barbados

Miss ODLE, Wendy Joanne, Economist, Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development

Belize

Mr. CASTELLANOS, Jose, Policy Analyst, Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Cuba

Mr. OLIVA, Juan Carlos, Trade Policy Specialist, Division of Trade policy with Africa and Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Trade

Cuba

Mrs. GARCIA, Piedad Viviana, Trade Policy Specialist, Division of Trade Policy with North America, Ministry of Foreign Trade

Dominica

Mr. HENRY James, Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment

Dominican Republic

Miss CAMPILLO, Salmi, Analyst, Economic Integration Division, International Department, Central Bank of the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Miss CALLE, Cindy Sabrina, Project Coordinator, Technical Direction, Center of Promotion of Exports and Investment

Grenada

Miss PURCELL, Karline, Project Officer , Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance

Grenada

Miss ST. BERNARD, Jillian Sallyann, Planning Officer, Planning Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Lands and Fisheries

Guyana

Miss LA ROC, Roxanne Ann, Foreign Trade Officer, Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation

Guyana

Mr. PICKETT, Deon Bransford, Foreign Trade Officer, Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation

Haiti

Mr. FRANCOIS, Emmanuel André, Chief of Export Promotion, Foreign Trade Division Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Haiti

Mr. BERNARDIN, Saül, Sub-Director, Airport Customs, General Administration of Customs

Jamaica

Mr. TAYLOR, Sean Andrew, Acting Director of Research, Customs Department, Ministry of Finance and Planning

Jamaica

Miss BUTLER, Joan, Manager of Trade Policy, Ministry of  Commerce, Science and Technology

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Mr. EDWARDS, Charleton Ersdale, Supervisor of Training, Customs Department, Ministry of Finance

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Mr. BERRIDGE, Samuel Alharjai, Assistant  Secretary, Desk Officer CARICOM / WTO Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Saint Lucia

Mr. FEVRIER, Stephen John, Foreign Service Officer, Trade and Legal Division, Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation

Saint Lucia

Miss LOUIS, Lisa, Commerce and Industry Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Investment and Consumer Affairs

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Mr. LEDGER, Ezra Dale, Director, Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Industry and Telecommunications, P.O Box 1506, Kingstown

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Miss ROSE, Mintrue Martina, Economist I, Economic Research and Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance and Planning

Suriname

Mrs. REWAT, Sadhna, Legal Officer, International Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry

Suriname

Miss VAN GLAANEN WEYGEL, Jeanelle Monique, Head of International Organisations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. HABIB, James, Director, Americas Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Trinidad and Tobago

Miss LEWIS Trudy A. J., Economist II, Trade Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry

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