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07 April 2000

Trainees complete first course of 45th anniversary year

WTO Director General Mike Moore, bade farewell on 7 April 2000 to the 29 participants (see below) of the WTO’s 13th Trade Policy Course, in a short ceremony at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.

Mr Moore told participants that their enhanced skills are important tools to take back to their respective countries, and that these would make them “stronger advocates for the advancement of the interests of their countries, while also giving consideration to other countries’ interests”.

“We are looking at ways to expand the training capacity of the WTO”, Mr. Moore added.

On behalf of the participants, Mr Shoukat Randhawa, from Pakistan, expressed their “great appreciation for the opportunity they’d had to enhance their understanding of the basis and rationale of the multilateral trading system, and the process of globalization which is essential to understand the world economy”.

He thanked the WTO for allocating financial and human resources for the Trade Policy Courses to take place, benefitting developing countries, least developed and transition economies.

“We suggest this course be officially recorded as the Millennium Course”, he added, referring to the fact that this 13th course was the first one to take place during 2000.

The 13th Trade Policy Course was held between 17 January and 7 April. The next course this year will begin on 25 April and will be followed by another in September.

The year 2000 will mark the 45th anniversary of training courses organized by the WTO and its predecessor, GATT. Since 1955, GATT/WTO has organized 96 regular courses for more than 1,800 officials from over 160 countries or customs territories.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Nenad KLACAR, Senior Official, Department for Multilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations
Brazil Mr. Celso de Tarso PEREIRA, Third Secretary, Mercosul Division, Department of Latin-American Integration, Ministry of Foreign Relations
Bulgaria Miss Elitza Dimitrova STOYANOVA, State Expert, Directorate for Multilateral Trade and Economic Policy, Ministry of Industry
Cambodia Mr. Sovann KE, Chief, WTO Office, ASEAN and International Organizations Department, Ministry of Commerce
Cameroon Mr. TATAH, Solomon Enoma, Desk Officer in charge of U.N. Specialized Economic Institutions, Department of the U.N. and Non-Governmental Cooperation, Ministry of External Relations
China Mr. Xiaowei LIU, Deputy Director, Division I (WTO Affairs), Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation
Fiji Mr. Amenatave Vakasavuwaqa YAUVOLI, Chief Assistant Secretary, Department of External Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Grenada Mr. Oliver Thomas Ira JOSEPH, Senior Economist, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance
Guinea Mr. Souleymane BERETE, In charge of Studies at the WTO Section, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises
Hong Kong, China Miss Ada YEUNG, Assistant Secretary, Regional Cooperation Division, Trade and Industry Bureau
Indonesia Mr. Asianto SINAMBELA, Head, Industrial Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DEPLU), Directorate for Multilateral Economic Cooperations (DIT. KSEM)
Kenya Mrs. Anne Mwhihaki KAMAU, Trade Development Officer I, Department of External Trade, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry
Korea Mr. Myung-soo JANG, Deputy Director, Trade Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Malaysia Mrs. Wan Suraya WAN MOHD. RADZI, Assistant Director, ASEAN Economic Cooperation, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Mauritius Mrs. Seela Devi JEELALL, Trade Analyst, International Trade Division, Trade Policy Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Mexico Mr. Alberto GALLEGOS, Deputy Director for Injury, Injury and Safeguards Division, Unit of International Trade Practices, Ministry of Trade and Industry
Mongolia Mr. Damdin TSOGTBAATAR, WTO Desk Officer, Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Department, Ministry of External Relations
Myanmar Mrs. Thinn Htut THIDAR, Assistant Director, International Trade Promotion Department, Directorate of Trade, Ministry of Commerce
Namibia Mr. Willem NEKWIYU, Trade Policy Officer, International Trade Directorate, Division of Trade Policy and External Trade Relations, Ministry of Trade and Industry
Nepal Mr. Kailash Kumar BAJIMAYA, Under Secretary, Foreign Trade Section, Ministry of Commerce
Niger Miss Florentine Pierrette ARAOYE, Senior Exports Promotion Officer, Direction of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry
Pakistan Mr. Shoukat Ali Anwar RANDHAWA, Assistant Chief, ITO Wing, Ministry of Commerce
Papua New Guinea Mr. Brian WAPI, Trade Officer, Trade Policy Division, Department of Trade and Industry
Peru Mrs. Margarita TRILLO RAMOS, Senior Economist, International Relations Area, Human Resources and Technical Cooperation Department, National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI — GRC)
Samoa Mr. Lyndon CHU LING, Senior Trade and Investment Promotion Officer, Trade and Investment Promotion Unit, Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry
Sudan Mr. Abdel Aziz Mohamed Mohamed AHMED, Assistant Under Secretary, General Secretariat of WTO, Ministry of Foreign Trade
Chinese Taipei Mr. Stanley Tzu-An TSENG, The Third WTO Department, Board of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs
Thailand Miss Saowanit PONGSAI, Trade Officer, Bureau of Multilateral Trade Negotiation, Department of Business Economics, Ministry of Commerce
Zambia Mr. Boniface KUNDA, Senior Economist, Department of Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry