> WTO Chairs Programme
WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) will assist national academic institutions in
providing students with a deeper understanding of trade policy issues. Through
analytical input into the formulation and implementation of trade policy, the
WCP will help strengthen the participation of the beneficiary countries in
“Through this programme the WTO and its university partners are reaching out to
the leaders of tomorrow, helping them to better understand the complex mechanism
that is the global trading system. By enhancing the trade policy skills of these
young people, the WCP will help foster the capacity of developing countries to
participate fully in the trading environment of the 21st century,” said WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy.
The WCP streamlines academic cooperation activities of the WTO by providing
dedicated support to beneficiary institutions in their specific priority areas
in the field of trade policy, international trade, international relations and
international economic law. The WCP will provide up to CHF 50,000 per annum per
school for a period of up to four years. At the end of this period it is
intended that programmes of activity be consolidated and continued as
appropriate, possibly with financial support from other resources. The WCP will
remain engaged in such programmes to the extent feasible and desired by the
institutions concerned. The programme will be extended to other institutions
over time and will promote an ongoing network among universities and individuals
associated with the programme in both developed and developing countries.
From a total of 70 proposals received, 14 projects were chosen through a
competitive selection process involving the WCP Advisory Board. The board is
comprised of 21 scholars and experts from around the world who will contribute
to all substantive decisions in respect of the programme.
In making their selections, the WCP Advisory Board took into account a number of
criteria, including: networking; new versus established programmes; development
of young scholars; capacity-building and sustainability; joint implementation
with other institutions; and utilization of resources. Particular consideration
was given to quality proposals from institutions with which the WTO has already
partnered in the past for the delivery of the Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPCs).
The 14 selected institutions are listed below
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