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24 May 2004
WTO TRAINING COURSES

Fifth Introduction Course to the WTO for least developed countries gets underway in Geneva

The fifth Introduction Course to the WTO for least developed countries (LDCs), organized under the auspices of the WTO Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation, begins today in Geneva and runs until 11 June 2004.

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Twenty representatives of least developed African, Caribbean, Asian and Pacific countries are attending this course, which is organized in French at WTO headquarters. The three-week programme is being held at a key moment in the process of relaunching negotiations within the framework of the Doha Development Agenda.

The main aim of this three-week course is to give a sufficiently broad overview to enable participants to gain a better understanding of the multilateral trading system and the structure, rules, functioning and basic principles of the WTO by means of a series of practical and concrete presentations and exercises. Another equally important objective of the course is to give participants the opportunity to develop a network of contacts and reference points both amongst themselves and with WTO staff.

The third week's activities will be devoted in part to the development dimension, which will be addressed at a special session during which participants will be invited to share their experience in that area. A forum on technical cooperation will be organized by experts from UNCTAD, the ITC, WIPO, the World Bank and the WTO, who will give presentations on their respective technical cooperation programmes, with particular emphasis on the specific needs of LDCs. This forum will also serve to strengthen contacts between the participants and these organizations. A special spotlight will also be turned on the ongoing negotiations.

This course is 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.
  

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Angola

Mr. Lopes MALANGE

Benin

Mr. Dominique FIFATIN

Burkina Faso

Mr. Bakary Sidiki SANON

Burundi

Miss Else NIZIGAMA NTAMAGIRO

Central African Republic

Mr. José-Norbert AGOUH

Chad

Mr. Djimet MAHAMAT

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Miss Patricia DIBATA APEL

Djibouti

Miss Waberi IDIL

Equatorial Guinea

Mr. Santiago OSA ADJAME

Guinea

Mr. Moussa KOUYATÉ

Haiti

Mrs. Madeleine GERMAIN

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Mrs. Thipphakone CHANTHAVONGSA

Madagascar

Mrs. Manitra MANITRA

Mali

Mr. Afo Alpha SANKARE

Mauritania

Mr. Oumar OULD MOHAMED BABOU

Niger

Mrs. Aichatou MAMADOU

Sao Tome and Principe

Mr. Idalino RITA

Senegal

Mr. Boubacar MBODJ

Togo

Mr. Edou Apélété DJADJOU

Vanuatu

Mr. Georgio CALO

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