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The ceremony was attended by Hon. Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, MP and
Minister for Trade and Industry of Kenya, as well as by representatives from
the University of Nairobi. Mr. Paul Rolian, Director of the WTO Institute
for Training and Technical Cooperation, was also present at this occasion.
The overall objective of the course is to widen participants' understanding
of trade policy matters, the multilateral trading system, international
trade law and the functioning of the WTO. It is expected that the knowledge
acquired during these courses will allow participants to contribute to the
promotion of a more active participation of their countries in the work of
the WTO. Throughout the three-month training, officials will become
acquainted, through lectures, debates, and simulation exercises, with
virtually all the issues dealt with in the framework of the WTO. One of the
main features of the regional trade policy course is that all topics are
presented by both WTO staff and regional resource persons from regional
academic institutions and think-tanks. For the third edition of the course,
a core group of regional resource persons is already well in place and will
be addressing the regional concerns and issues with the participants.
At the opening ceremony, Minister Kituyi underlined that in terms of
institutional capacity building, the University of Nairobi is in the process
of integrating and mainstreaming into its academic curriculum the
multilateral trading system issues enabling the University to offer
post-graduate diploma and degree courses in the near future. This will not
only benefit Kenya but the entire region. Minister Kituyi welcomed the
initiative of having all regional resource persons participating in a
meeting held in Geneva prior to the course to equip them with the latest
developments on the WTO front.
Both Minister Kituyi and Mr. Paul Rolian urged the participants to make the
most of this unique opportunity to sharpen their skills and to contribute to
the overall economic developments of the continent.