Nairobi, Kenya, 16 April 2003

Opening of second WTO/University of Nairobi Trade Policy Course

The second Trade Policy Course organized jointly by the World Trade Organization and the University of Nairobi opened on 7 April 2003. The course will run for 12 weeks and end on 27 June 2003.

Twenty-three officials, representing 20 English-speaking African countries, are attending the course. This is the second course of its kind held in Nairobi. The first one took place from July to October 2002.

This course, usually referred to as a "regional" trade policy course, is based on the courses offered for over 40 years by the GATT/WTO in Geneva. Its primary objective is to provide government officials with a solid grounding on the WTO and trade policy issues confronting WTO members. The curriculum covers the whole range of policy issues within the WTO's remit, including issues up for negotiation under the Doha Agenda.

In addition, participants will benefit from the contribution of resource persons from the region who will co-teach with WTO lecturers. This arrangement provides participants with a regional perspective on the topics covered in the programme. This contribution is rendered possible through the partnership that exists between the WTO Secretariat and the University of Nairobi. Another objective of this project is to transfer progressively ownership of the activity to the partner institution.

In preparation for the course, regional resource persons attended a one-week orientation in Geneva in March. This meeting aimed to provide resource persons with a thorough overview of the status of work on the Doha Agenda. It also provided an opportunity for regional lecturers to discuss the course, to meet and plan with their co-lecturers from the WTO, and to review and discuss common research interests.

Over 20 regionally-based resource persons will be participating in the course and will discuss with the participants their experience as academics and researchers, and also as advisers to governments on trade policies and positions in the WTO negotiations.


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Ms. Carla Onkabetse KGOMOTSO, Senior Commercial Officer (Foreign Trade), Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Gaborone.


Mrs. Mena Roshdy ABDEL KADER, Commercial Attaché, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Trade, Giza.


Mr. Habtamu Shilmu TADESSE, Senior Expert, Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Addis Ababa. 
The Gambia


Mr. Momodou CEESAY, Senior Economist, Economic Management and Planning Unit, Department of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Banjul.
The Gambia


Mr. Ismaila JALLOW, Assistant Collector of Customs, Customs Department, Department of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Banjul.


Mr. Patrick Amos POKU, Principal Commercial Officer, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation & Management Information Systems, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Accra.
Kenya Mr. Solomon K. KURIA, Acting Director, Department of External Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Nairobi.
Kenya Mr. John Gitara MURAYA, Senior External Trade Officer, Department of External Trade, WTO Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Nairobi. 


Mr. Molibeli Reginald MOLIBELI, Assistant Administration Officer, Directorate of Europe, Americas and the Commonwealth Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maseru. 


Mr. John Cache Alexander MAPIRA, Foreign Trade Officer, Commerce Directorate, Foreign Trade Section, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Lilongwe.


Miss Tanya Champa PRAYAG, Second Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Port Louis.
Mozambique Mrs. Teresa Bernardo Magalhaes PINTO, Focal Point for Trade and Environment, National Direction of Planning, Ministry of Environmental Affairs, Maputo. 
Namibia Mr. Henoch Uakuma RAMAKHUTLA, Agricultural Economist, Directorate of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Windhoek. 


Mr. Sacky Kefo SHIYAMBA, Trade Promotion Officer, Directorate of International Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Windhoek. 


Mr. Sunday Imoukhuede OGHAYEI, Principal Commercial Officer, Multilateral Trade Division, External Trade Department, Federal Ministry of Commerce, Abuja. 


Mr. Godfrey Manasseh KABERA, Regional Integration Officer, Department of External Trade, Regional Integration, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Investments Promotion, Tourism and Cooperatives, Kigali. 
Sierra Leone


Mr. Edison BORBOR, Assistant Secretary, Acting Desk Officer, Trade Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Freetown. 


Mr. Mohamed BASHIR, Chief, Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Division, Commission for World Trade Organization Relations (CWTOR), Khartoum. 


Miss Sekela Anosisye MWAISELA, Trade Officer, Trade Division, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Dar-es-Salaam. 


Mr. Elly Kafeero KAMAHUNGYE, Foreign Service Officer handling WTO and ACP/EU matters, WTO and ACP/EU Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kampala. 


Mr. Edward MASIGA, Economist, Economic Development Policy and Research Department, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Kampala. 
Zambia Mrs. Hope Kalabi SITUMBEKO, Economist, Comesa Desk, Trade Department, Ministry of Commerce, Lusaka.


Mrs. Angelica KATURUZA, Principal Economist, External Trade Division, Department of Regional and Multilateral Trade, Ministry of Industry and International Trade, Harare.