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11 April 2005
WTO TRAINING COURSES

31st and 32nd WTO Trade Policy Courses end

The Director-General, Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, attended the Diploma Ceremony held on the occasion of the closure of the 31st and 32nd Trade Policy Courses which were organized by the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC).

Fifty-five Government officials from developing countries and economies in transition concluded on 8 April a three-month immersion into the WTO. The 31st and 32nd Trade Policy Courses (TPCs) were held in Geneva, at the WTO Headquarters.

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In his address to the participants, the Director-General congratulated the participants for completing the training programme. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi invited them to transform the qualities and the spirit they had demonstrated during the courses into good and efficient work for their respective countries and expressed the hope that the knowledge and skills imparted to the participants during the courses would be disseminated by them to as wide a public as possible. The Director-General also recalled that Trade Policy Courses were initiated fifty years ago, under the auspices of the GATT. Since then one hundred and eleven such courses have been organized both under the GATT and the WTO.

On behalf of the participants in the two courses, Ms. Pai Ching Koong (Singapore) thanked the Director-General for his message and expressed "the appreciation of all the participants to the WTO Secretariat for a successful three-month training programme, during which participants have built up useful knowledge and honed their skills in the operations of the multilateral trading system".

The Diploma Ceremony was chaired by Mr. Paul Rolian, Director of the ITTC. Paul Rolian invited the participants to keep alive the network of contacts, which has been consolidated during this Geneva-based activity. Looking back at the twelve weeks of training, and speaking on behalf of the participants in the 31st TPC, Mrs. Maura Felix (Saint Lucia) stated that "like those who have gone before us, we will intend to translate this invaluable opportunity into tangible results which we hope will result in the success of the Hong Kong Ministerial and the successful conclusion of the Doha Round of Negotiations". Mr. Raymond C. W. Chen (Hong Kong, China) on behalf of the participants in the 32nd TPC, confirmed that the participants had developed a good understanding of the various aspects of the WTO, including the rules and disciplines developed under the auspices of the WTO. He also underlined the progress made in the participants' analytical and negotiating skills, and in their ability to make use of the available tools facilitating the access to the relevant trade-related information and data.

Trade Policy Courses are expected to allow beneficiaries 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 become acquainted, through lectures, debates, attendance at WTO meetings and simulation exercises, with virtually all the issues dealt with within the framework of the WTO. Visits to other international organizations located in Geneva also provide an opportunity to become familiar with trade-related aspects of the work conducted by these organizations.

In 2005, two other TPCs will take place in Geneva and five similar courses, organized in cooperation with regional academic partners, have already been or will be held in Jamaica, Hong Kong-China, Morocco, Chile, and Namibia. A series of shorter courses will complement the Geneva-based programme while a large number of national and regional technical cooperation activities will take place in the field as part of the 2005 WTO Technical Cooperation and Training Plan.
  

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31st WTO TRADE POLICY COURSE (in English)
Geneva, 17 January - 8 April 2005

Country

Participant

Afghanistan                                           

Mr. Mostainbillah BALAGH

Albania                                                   

Miss Ina LIKAJ

Belarus                                                  

Mr. Aleksandr TSELYUK

Bosnia and Herzegovina                       

Miss Vlatka DANGUBIC

Botswana                                              

Mr. Moemedi MOKGOSI

BruneiDarussalam                               

Mrs. HJH Siti Norishan HJ ABDUL GHAFOR 

Cameroon                                             

Mr. DAHIROU

Gambia                                                  

Mr. Abdoulie JAMMEH

Georgia                                                  

Miss Mariam LEBANIDZE

Guinea-Bissau                                      

Mr. João BERNARDO VIEIRA

Jordan 

Mr. Ahmad HAMMAD

Kenya  

Mr. Samuel KIBOR CHEMISTO

Kyrgyz Republic                                    

Mr. Daniar BOLOTBEK ULU

Lao People's Dem. Rep. 

Mr. Buavanh VILAVONG

Libya 

Miss Huwaida TUGHAR

Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia   

Miss Tatjana VETA

Malaysia                                                

Mr. Norman PETER

Saint Lucia                                            

Mrs. Maura FELIX

Samoa                                                   

Mr. Petaia LEAVAI

Singapore

Ms Faith GAN Sze Sze

South Africa                                           

Ms Nozizwe VUNDLA

Swaziland

Mr. Dumisa Mluleki DLAMINI

Chinese Taipei

Mr. Chen-Huan HO

Thailand                                                 

Ms. Prewprae CHUMRUM 

Trinidad and Tobago                             

Mr. Kriyaa BALRAMSINGH

Turkey

Mr. Birey YILMAZSOY

United Rep. of Tanzania

Mrs. Pilli Prisca MUTANI

Viet Nam

Mr. Trung Chinh PHAM

  
32nd WTO TRADE POLICY COURSE (in English)
Geneva, 17 January - 8 April 2005

Country

Participant

Armenia

Mr. Vahagn GHAZARYAN

Azerbaijan

Mr. Zaur JAFARLI

Bangladesh

Mr. Md.Zillar RAHMAN

Bhutan

Mrs. Yeshey SELDEN

Cambodia

Mr. Monira KUN

Egypt

Mr. Kamel Zayed GALAL

Fiji

Mr. Waisiki Naqarase Vula GONEMAITUBA

Ghana

Mr. Gilbert Gibil SEBIK

Guyana

Mr. Sherwyn NAUGHTON

Hong Kong, China

Mr. Raymond C. W. CHEN

India

Mr. Vivek JOSHI 

Indonesia

Mr. Wiwit WIRSATYO 

Lebanon

Miss Hanadi DANDAN

Malawi

Mrs. Margret SAUZANDE

Nepal

Mrs. Bhim Kumari THAPA

Nigeria

Miss Adenike Adetutu ADEDUGBE

Pakistan

Mr. M. Arshad LODHI

Philippines

Miss Ma. Corazon HALILI

Montenegro

Miss Ana SMATLIK, Adviser

Singapore

Ms. Pai Ching KOONG 

Sudan

Mr. Frederick LOKU

Syria

Mr. Mohammed Bader KOUJAN

Tonga

Mr. Siope Vakataki 'OFA

Uzbekistan

Mr. Faruh ISHANKULOV

Viet Nam

Mr. Sinh Nhat Tan NGUYEN

Zambia

Miss Mwila Chola MUKOSA

Zimbabwe

Mr.Godfrey MKWAKWAMI

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