> Building trade capacity
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WTO Chairs Annual Conference
> 11-12 July 2013
> 26 June 2012
> 21 June 2011
> Inaugural Conference of the WCP (25-26 May 2010)
The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) was launched in 2010 as a capacity-building project. It aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics and policy makers in developing countries through curriculum development, research and outreach activities by universities and research institutions.
Academic institutions awarded WTO Chairs receive support in the areas of curriculum development, research and outreach activities. The chair-holders are selected through a competitive process.
> The Current Chairs
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Objectives of the Programme back to top
The main objectives of the Programme are to:
- provide teaching support for the development and delivery of courses on trade policy and WTO-related matters in academic institutions
- foster further research in trade-related matters and highlight the policy relevance of existing research — universities awarded a WTO Chair are expected to cooperate their counterparts in the Programme through joint research, shared lecturing arrangements and student/academic exchanges
- encourage outreach/communication — universities awarded a WTO Chair are expected to organize public activities aimed at disseminating research and promoting discussion regarding international trade and trade co-operation.
- build lasting relationships with institutions from developing countries by according financial support to beneficiary institutions for a maximum period of four years
Advisory Board back to top
The programme is advised by a WCP Advisory Board, an external body composed of experienced scholars. By involving this external body, the WTO seeks to ensure the academic quality of outputs generated by Chair holders.
Current Advisory Board Members (2010-2013)
Selection process back to top
Fourteen institutions were awarded WTO Chairs after the selection process conducted in 2009, for a period of up to four years from 2010 to 2013. The second Call for Tender has been issued on 30 October 2013.
Information is contained in WCP Call for Tender 2013 and WCP Application Form.
Mr Henry Gao, Professor, Singapore Management University, and Ms Bridget Chilala, Director, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO at the 2013 WCP Annual Conference
Tabitha Wagithi Kiriti Nganga, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Nairobi; Taleb Awad Warred, Professor International Economics, University of Jordan; and Riza Noer Arfani, Executive Secretary, Department of International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada at the 2013 WCP Annual Conference
WCP Advisory Board Members at the2013 WCP Annual Conference: Richard Newfarmer, Country Director, Rwanda, So. Sudan, and Uganda, International Growth Centre and Alexandros Sarris, Professor of Economics, University of Athens.