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TRTA: TRADE-RELATED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, CONFERENCE, GENEVA, 25-26 JUNE 2012

WTO Chairs Annual Conference

The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) was launched in January 2010 and now supports 15 WTO Chairs in universities in developing and transition countries. The programme aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics, citizens and policy makers in developing countries by stimulating teaching, research and public debate on international trade and trade cooperation.

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WTO Chairs Programme

  

WTO Chairs Annual Conference
21 June 2011

Inaugural Conference of the WCP (25-26 May 2010)


The Chairs have made progress in the implementation of their respective projects, including on issues of common interest identified at the 2011 Annual Conference.  This year’s annual meeting will take stock of the work undertaken by Chairs since the launching of the WCP, thus covering almost two years of activity.  Chair holders will be invited to make brief presentations on the advances they have made since the beginning of their respective work programmes, as well as the main challenges encountered in implementation, and their plans for the future.  Members of the Advisory Board of the WCP will also be invited to comment on the programmes and outputs delivered of the participating institutions.  Participants in the meeting will also include the WTO Secretariat Counterparts and representatives of the Permanent Missions of countries that host a WTO Chair.

The Conference is expected to provide an opportunity to collectively discuss the functioning of the WCP.  A number of issues are suggested in this regard, such as:

  • How have priorities changed since the projects started, are new needs emerging?
  • Modalities to assess outputs in the field of research following the results based management approach developed by the WTO Secretariat
  • Promoting collaboration among Chairs in the field of research
  • Importance of leveraging additional funding from other sources, as pertinent
  • Ways to enhance linkages between research and policy-making
  • Ways to enhance effectiveness of reports and events
  • Ways to enhance support from the WTO Secretariat and other stakeholders for the implementation of Chair’s projects
  • New research topics and their insertion in the Chair’s projects

On the first day, the main findings and recommendations of the Mid-Term Review Exercise will be discussed. Chair holders are then invited to informally discuss the research carried out in 2011. Following discussions on the three pillars of the WCP, there will be a panel discussion and an opportunity to seek clarifications and compare notes on the various projects. On the second day, Chair holders are invited to informally discuss the curriculum development and outreach activities carried out in 2011. In the afternoon, the WTO/UNCTAD publication, Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis, will be launched. After, Chair holders will have the opportunity to present their research papers.

  

Programme

Monday 25 June 2012

 

Morning session  back to top
  

 
9h00-9h45

Opening

  

Pascal Lamy, Director-General WTO
Welcoming remarks

 

Introduction to the Meeting

  • Bridget Chilala, Director, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO
      

WCP Progress

  • Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division

  

  9h45-10h45

Main Findings and Recommendations of the Mid-Term Review Exercise
  

The Mid-Term Review Exercise provided un-biased and external views about the overall functioning of the programme, the performance of the WTO Chairs and the quality of the outcomes generated.  The reviews were conducted by members of the WCP Advisory Board. In this session the main findings of the review will be discussed.
  

Moderator: Patrick Low
  

Discussants: Members of the WCP Advisory Board

  • Antoine Bouet
  • Henry Gao
  • Pierre Sauve

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  11h00-12h30

Discussion Mid-Term Review Exercise

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  Afternoon session  back to top
     
 
14h00-15h45

Discussion: 2011 Chair holder Research Activities

 

Moderator: Gerardo Thielen
  

In this session, Chair holders are invited to present a general overview of the key research activities carried out in 2011, highlighting the main challenges and policy issues. A maximum of 10 minutes is allocated to each Chair holder.

  

The following institutions will present in this session (in alphabetical order): Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, University of Chile, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of the West Indies, and University of Jordan.

  

  16h00-17h30

Discussion: 2011 Chair holder Research Activities
  

Moderator: Gerardo Thielen

  

The following institutions will present in this session:  University of Nairobi, University of Mauritius, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Université Mohammed V-Souissi, University of Namibia, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU), Cheikh Anta Diop University, National University of Singapore, and Vietnam National University.

  

 
  17h30-18h00

Panel discussions
  

Moderator: Patrick Low
  

Discussants: Members of the WCP Advisory Board

  • Henry Gao
  • Pierre Sauve
  • Richard Newfarmer

  

 

  

Tuesday 26 June 2012

 

Morning session  back to top
  

 
9h00-10h45

Discussion: 2011 Chair holder Curriculum Development and Outreach Activities

 

Moderator: Mustapha Sadni Jallab

  

Chair holders are invited to provide a general overview of their curriculum development and outreach activities carried out in 2011. A maximum of 10 minutes is allocated to each Chair holder.

  

The following institutions will present in this session:  Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, University of Chile, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of the West Indies, University of Jordan, University of Nairobi, University of Mauritius, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Université Mohammed V-Souissi.

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  11h00-12h00

Discussion: 2011 Chair holder Curriculum Development and Outreach Activities
  

The following institutions will present in this session: University of Namibia, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU), Cheikh Anta Diop University, National University of Singapore, and Vietnam National University.
  

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  12h00-13h00

Panel discussions
  

Moderator: Mustapha Sadni Jallab
  

Discussants: Members of the WCP Advisory Board

  • Dominique Njinkeu
  • Ramon Torrent

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  Afternoon session  back to top
     
 

14h00-14h30

Launch WTO/UNCTAD Publications: Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis

 

This practical guide intends to assist economists with an interest in the applied analysis of trade and trade policies to choose the best sources of data and the most useful tools available to analyse real world trade.

  • Jara Alejandro, Deputy Director-General WTO

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  14h30-14h45

Discussion
  

Moderator: Roberta Piermartini, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO

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  14h45-16h00

Research Presentations: Chair holders
  

Moderator: Mustapha Sadni Jallab
  

Chair holders are invited to present research papers produced in 2011. A maximum of 30 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion is allocated to each Chair holder.

  • Michael Ewing-Chow “Food Security: From Self-Sufficiency to Production Diversification and Regional Co-operation — A case Study in Rice Security”
  • Valentina Delich “The Impact of the Transnational Sanitary and Phitosanitary Regime on Mercosur Institutional Dynamics”

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  16h15-17h45

Research Presentations: Chair holders

  • Sergei Sutyrin “Economic Sanctions against IRI: Goals, Results, and Prospects”
  • John Baloro “The state of WTO L aw education within SADC: a tentative assessment”

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  17h45-18h15

Wrap –up and way forward

  • Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division

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