WTO: 2009 NEWS ITEMS

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On Monday 6 July 2009, on the margins of the Second Global Review on Aid for Trade, the WTO's Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) organized the third Open Day on WTO Technical Assistance and Training Activities. Eight partner organizations joined the WTO for this event (the African Development Bank, the Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie. The Standards and Trade Development Facility also participated.

Visitors attending the Open Day had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the various WTO contact persons WTO's trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) and training programmes and activities, Documentation and practical demos were presented on these programmes and activities, such as field-based activities in the regions, Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPCs), Geneva-based Courses, the E-Learning Programme, the Academic Programme, and the Internship Programme. The other organizations who took part also presented their own TRTA and training programmes.

This Open Day provided an opportunity for WTO Members to gain a better knowledge of the various TRTA programmes that are available to them to enable them to strengthen their institutional and human capacity so that they can participate more actively in the multilateral trading system. Members also expressed their views on how programmes could be improved, and how we could strengthen our ability to provide more efficient TRTA to our Members.

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