1 July 2003

WTO specialized course "Negotiating Trade Agreements: from Theory to Practice"

A two-week WTO specialized course entitled "Negotiating Trade Agreements: from Theory to Practice" took place from 16 to 27 June 2003 in Geneva. Twenty-four government officials from developing countries, least-developed countries and economies in transition had the opportunity to strengthen their negotiating skills and knowledge.

This second-of-its-kind course was organized by the WTO Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) in cooperation with the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS-Geneva).

This initiative falls under the mandate of the ITTC to provide developing countries with enhanced negotiating skills development and training opportunities. The main objective of this course is to give the participants basic factual and analytical tools to handle negotiation processes, in particular within the context of the ongoing negotiations held in the context of the "Doha Development Agenda". It is expected that these negotiating skills will prove to be very useful to help the beneficiaries participate actively in the next Session of the Ministerial Conference to be held at Cancun in September 2003.

Leading scholars actively participated to this activity. In order for the participants to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the first week, the second week was entirely devoted to a negotiation simulation. This course constitutes a contribution to an enhanced cooperation between the WTO ITTC and the academic community.

The data collected during the simulation exercise will serve as a useful basis for further research activities in the area of negotiation.

This training course constitutes an integral part of the 2003 programme of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation.

The list of participants of the WTO specialized course is attached.

List of participants
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Geneva, 16-27 June 2003

WTO specialized course - "Negotiating Trade Agreements: from Theory to Practice"

Belarus Mr. Anton KUDASOV, Head of WTO Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minsk
Bhutan Mr. PENJORE, Head of Research and Statistics Division, Royal Monetary Authority, Thimphu
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Momčilo SARABA, Senior Adviser, Sector for International Trade Relations, Department for Multilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Sarajevo
Bulgaria Miss Verginia MINTCHEVA, Head of Trade Agreements Department, Integration Policy Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Sofia
Cambodia Mr. Viseth KANN, Official of WT0 Office, Asian and International Organizations, Ministry of Commerce, Phnom Penh
China Mrs. Jing SU, Deputy Section Chief, Division of Trade-related issues in the Department for WTO Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Beijing
Croatia Mrs. Bozena GAJICA-UZELAC, Senior Counsellor, Trade Policy and International Economic Relations Division, Department for Trade Policy, WTO and European Integration, Ministry of Economy, Zagreb
Ghana Mr. Kofi ADDO, Assistant Commercial Officer, Multilateral Division, Ministry of Trade, Industry and President's Special Initiatives, Accra
Indonesia Mr. Dody EDWARD, Head of Regional Cooperation Section, Program Division, Secretariat to Directorate General of International Trade and Industry Cooperation, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Jakarta
Kenya Mrs. Judith Anyango ODIPO, External Trade Officer, Department of External Trade, WTO Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Nairobi
Kyrgyz Republic Ms Anarkan RAHMANOVA, Head of Main Department of External Economic Relations and WTO Issues, Ministry of External Trade and Industry,  Bishkek
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Mrs. Snezana NIKOLOVSKA, Adviser in WTO Unit, Department for WTO and Trade, Ministry of Economy, Skopje
Malaysia Mr. Choy LUP BONG, Principal Assistant Director, Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry,
Kuala Lumpur
Moldova Mrs. Ineta PANURCO, Adviser, Multilateral Trade Relations and WTO Division, Ministry of Economy, Chisinau
Oman Mr. Mohammed AL-SHABIBI, Director, Department of International Economic Organizations, Ministry of National Economy, Muscat
Pakistan Ms Shaista SOHAIL, Deputy Secretary, WTO Wing, Ministry of Commerce,
Russian Federation Mr. Roman GUBENKO, Expert, Department of Trade Policy and Multilateral Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, Moscow
Saudi Arabia Mr. Sattam M. AL-TAYYAR, Legal Advisor, Deputyship of Technical Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Riyadh


Miss Leng Yeng THONG, Assistant Director, Trade Division Directorate B, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
Solomon Islands Mrs. Faye MOSE, Assistant Secretary, International Economic Cooperation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Relations, Honiara
Chinese Taipei Ms Wen-Ying FANG, Senior Specialist, Multilateral Trade Department, Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei 
Tajikistan Mr. Rustam KHOLMURODOV, Leading Specialist, Department of Foreign Economy and Trade Policy, WTO Unit, Ministry of Economy and Trade, Dushanbe
Thailand Mr. Pawin TALERNGSRI, Trade Officer, Bureau of East Asia Economic Cooperation, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce, Bangkok
Tunisia Mr. Tarek BEN YOUSSEF, Counsellor of Foreign Affairs, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tunis