The participants include 32 trade officials from 16 countries
participating in the Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Programme to
Selected Least Developed and Other African Countries (JITAP), which is
jointly run by ITC, UNCTAD and WTO.
The trade officials attending the meeting are from the capitals of
Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya,
Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania,
Uganda and Zambia, along with ambassadors and representatives from the
permanent missions of these countries.
Agriculture, services, industrial tariffs and other issues on the Doha
agenda are being discussed. Participants will share the information with
others in their country preparing for Cancún.
JITAP, jointly operated by ITC, UNCTAD and WTO since its inception in
1998, helps selected African countries improve their institutional and
policy-making capacity to engage in the multilateral trading system. The
results of this meeting will be brought to each country’s
Inter-Institutional Committee on Trade. The committees have been set up
to help develop national consensus and coordinate policies and
strategies on implementation of WTO Agreements, as well as to prepare
for multilateral and other trade negotiations.
Ambassador Irumba of Uganda is chairing the workshop. The opening
session was attended by Dr. Rana, Deputy Director-General, WTO; Ms.
Lakshmi Puri, Director, Division on International Trade in Goods and
Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD; and Mr. J. Smadja, Deputy Executive
For more information:
Contact A. Ben Fadhl, JITAP coordinator, at