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WTO training courses
Nineteen representatives of least-developed African, Caribbean, Asian
and Pacific countries attended the course, which was organized in French
at WTO headquarters. The general opinion of the majority of the
participants was that this training activity fully achieved what it set
out to do, namely, help them gain a better understanding of the
multilateral trading system and its basic principles.
During the three-week course, participants were given an overview of the
structure, rules and functioning of the organization in a series of
sessions with ITTC trainers and experts from the "operational" divisions
of the WTO Secretariat. They also had the opportunity to develop a
network of contacts and reference points both amongst themselves and
with WTO staff.
Special attention was paid in all course activities, in particular
during the final week, to the development dimension. A forum on
technical co-operation was organized by experts from UNCTAD, the ITC,
WIPO, the World Bank and the WTO, who gave presentations on the
technical assistance activities of these organizations, with particular
emphasis on the specific needs of the participants' own countries.
Participants were also able to discuss in small groups more
individualized aspects of these organizations' cooperation with each of
their own countries. This forum also served to strengthen participants'
contacts with these organizations.
Over the three weeks, the various speakers sought to apprise
participants of the current state of play in the negotiations launched
within the framework of the "Doha Development Agenda" in the different
areas. A special session was also held to enable them to form a complete
picture of the situation.
This course was funded from the WTO regular budget as part of the
ongoing endeavour since the Doha Ministerial Conference to provide
capacity-building for developing countries, in particular LDCs.
list of participants
in the Fifth Introduction Course to the WTO for LDCs was included in the
press release announcing the start of the course.
Participating countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central
African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti,
Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Haiti, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger,
Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Togo and Vanuatu.