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WTO Public Forum
30 September — 2 October 2015 “Trade Works”

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  • “Made in the World”
    The “Made in the World” initiative has been launched by the WTO to support the exchange of projects, experiences and practical approaches in measuring and analysing trade in value added.


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WTO Chairs Programme
The WTO Chairs Programme aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities by universities and research institutions in developing and least-developed countries. Fourteen institutions were selected as WTO Chairs for a four-year term in 2009. An additional seven institutions were selected for Phase 2 of the Programme in 2014.

Essay Award for Young Economists
The WTO launched on 4 February 2015 an invitation to young economists to submit papers for the 2015 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists. The Award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation among young economists and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

Public Forum
The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations.


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WTO at twenty
The WTO came into being on 1st January 1995, following the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations. Its 20th anniversary is the occasion to explore the organization’s main achievements and activities.


Trade matters to me
A compelling video that looks at our daily lives, highlighting the impact of trade on our day-to-day activities: from what we eat to what we wear, from simple objects to complex engineering, from our morning coffee to the infrastructure around us. It provides specific examples of how trade helps to improve the lives of citizens around the world.


Trade Starts Here: Olivier Madiba
In the first episode of the “Trade Starts Here” video series, we are pleased to introduce Olivier Madiba. In Yaoundé, he and his team are putting the final touches on their first video game, based on African myths, traditions and history.


Trade Starts Here: Luisa and Olman
Trade and environmental protection can go hand in hand. La Paz Fruits, an 11-year old fruit processing company in Costa Rica, is one example. Luisa Chacón and Olman Briceño tell us how they built the first certified carbon-neutral company in their sector and became the leading frozen fruit exporter in Costa Rica.


Public Forum 2014: Highlights
Participants discussed the myriad connections between trade and people’s daily lives. Under this thematic umbrella, three sub-themes were covered: trade and jobs — trade and consumers — trade and Africa.


Trading Stories
Trading stories is the film series that goes behind the headlines and shows what Aid for Trade is doing on the ground in eight of the poorest countries worldwide. The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) has been helping put trade back into people’s hands, catalysing a new trade momentum and building future prosperity.


What is the WTO?
The World Trade Organization deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. More



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