WTO-FES seminar for English-speaking journalists from Africa and Asia

Fourteen journalists representing major newspapers and television companies in Africa and Asia will attend a seminar at the WTO on 13-17 May.

Further information

The seminar is part of a decade-long project organized by the WTO in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Each seminar provides a unique opportunity for journalists from developing countries to delve into trade-related topics, with a view to improving their understanding of the WTO and global trade rules.

What does the course cover?

Participants will meet face to face with various WTO experts, delegates and representatives from the Geneva trade community. In addition to a comprehensive introduction to the WTO's functions, speakers will share their insights into how the organization is responding to calls for reform at a time of increasing trade frictions among major trading nations. The seminar will also address the digital revolution that is currently changing conventional trading patterns.

List of confirmed participants

  • Mr Bernardino Koku Avle — Director of News Programming/General Manager, Omni Media Ltd, Ghana
  • Mr Jasper Emmanuel Y. ARCALAS — Agriculture & Commodities Reporter, Business Mirror, Philippines
  • Ms Linda ENSOR — Political Correspondent, Business Day, South Africa
  • Mr Asjadul KIBRIA — Planning Editor, Financial Express, Bangladesh
  • Ms Faridah KULABAKO — Senior Business and Financial Journalist, New Vision, Uganda
  • Ms Nuntinee LAILAEIAT —Economic Reporter, Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS), Thailand
  • Mr Augustine MULINDWA — English News Presenter, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA), Rwanda
  • Ms Rosemary ONUOHA — Business Reporter, Vanguard News, Nigeria
  • Ms Sharon ONYANGO — Journalist, Science Africa, Kenya
  • Mr Shahbaz RANA — Economic Correspondent, The Express Tribune, Pakistan
  • Ms Lyazzat SHATAYEVA — Anchor of English News Programme, Kazakh TV, Kazakhstan
  • Ms Kirtika SUNEJA — Special Correspondent, Economic Times, India
  • Ms Yuan YUAN — Correspondent, International Financial News, China
  • Ms Linda YULISMAN — Business Writer, Strait Times, Indonesia


Over the past ten years, the WTO has reached out to journalists specializing in trade and economic issues from the English-, French- and Spanish-speaking world to improve awareness of trade issues. The training courses have been very well received by the participants and WTO members.

The media plays a significant role in keeping its audiences well-informed about trade topics at a time when the WTO and its global trade rules are increasingly in the spotlight. The aim of the training courses is to ensure that journalists have direct access to the latest information on world trade so that they can accurately cover these issues when they return to their home countries.

Participation is by invitation only.

DG Azevêdo with journalists from French-speaking African countries at a seminar held in April 2018.