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The 2012 Advanced Course on the WTO Agreement on Agriculture took place at the WTO headquarters, in Geneva, from 29 October to 2 November 2012.  The course was opened by Bridget Chilala, Director of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) and Evan Rogerson, Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division (AGCD).  The closing ceremony was presided over by WTO Deputy Director-General Harsha V. Singh who emphasized the importance of sound economic and agricultural policies in the current economic climate and noted that this course was intended to equip participants with the necessary tools to help formulate policies that will be responsive to national needs so that they can reach their development objectives.

The Advanced Course on Agriculture was a “level 3” training activity implemented within the WTO's progressive learning framework, jointly organized and delivered by the Secretariat's AGCD and the ITTC.  As an advanced course, its purpose was to provide the opportunity for participants to investigate several aspects of the Agreement on Agriculture in depth, including how the provisions of the agreement relate to other WTO Agreements.  In addition to deepening their understanding of existing WTO rules on agriculture participants discussed issues related with the implementation of the agreement, cases examined under the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism, new proposals under the DDA, and possible challenges of the 21st century.

In order to reach these objectives, the course benefitted from the participation of WTO staff from the Market Access Division, the Development Division (Aid For Trade Initiative), and the Standards and Trade Development Facility; from delegates from Norway, Pakistan and the United States of America who took part in a round table debate on the 21st century challenges in agriculture; and from a speaker from the International Trade Centre (ITC).  The current chairperson and secretary of the Regular Committee on Agriculture also met with participants to discuss current issues in the Committee.

In addition to lectures and the round table, participants completed many computer-based hands-on exercises, and conducted research to prepare for a group debate which took place during the last day of the course.

Due to its advanced nature, the course was targeted at government officials who already possessed a sound knowledge of the Agreement on Agriculture and have responsibilities in relation with agricultural trade policy formulation.  As a result, twenty-five participants from developing countries, economies in transition and least-developed countries who are WTO Members or Observers were invited to Geneva.  This activity was held in English.

  

List of the participants  back to top

Mr. Zineddine YAHIAOUI

Algeria

Mr. Mushvig MAHMUDOV

Azerbaijan

Mr. Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman PATWARY

Bangladesh

Mr. Siarhei KASKO

Belarus

Mr. Jakub BUTKOVIC

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Tiroyaone Ambrose SIRANG

Botswana

Miss Valeria MENDES COSTA

Brazil

Mr. Sengho CHHIN

Cambodia

Mr. José Miguel RODRÍGUEZ IRIGOYEN

Chile

Miss Juliana FERNÁNDEZ PORRAS

Costa Rica

Mr. Winston Andrew MAGLOIRE

Dominica

Miss Helen CHANG

El Salvador

Ms Aderina Uli PANGGABEAN

Indonesia

Mr. Karl HYATT

Jamaica

Miss Heejeong KANG

Korea, Republic of

Mrs Hanadi JAAFAR

Lebanon

Miss Than THAN HTAY

Myanmar

Ms Hiltrudis Nahako ANDJAMBA

Namibia

Mr. Mohamed AL-SHABIBI

Oman

Mrs Aisha MORIANI

Pakistan

Mr. Fernando Hugo CERNA CHORRES

Peru

Mrs Taimalietane MATATUMUA

Samoa

Mrs Jui-Hua HUANG

Taipei, Chinese

Mr. Kwibisa MALIMBA

Zambia

Miss Gamuchirai MUSAMADYA

Zimbabwe

 

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