20 September 2005

34th Trade Policy Course starts

Twenty-seven Government officials from developing countries and economies in transition started on 19 September a three-month Trade Policy Course (TPC) at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. The participants to the 34th TPC were welcomed by Paul Rolian, Director of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, who chaired the traditional opening ceremony.

The overall objective of the course is to widen participants' understanding of trade policy matters, the multilateral trading system, international trade law and the functioning of the WTO. It is expected that the knowledge acquired during this course will allow participants to contribute to the promotion of a more active participation of their countries in the work of the WTO. Throughout the three-month training, officials will become acquainted, through lectures, debates, attendance at WTO meetings and simulation exercises, with virtually all the issues dealt within the framework of the WTO. Visits to other international organizations located in Geneva will also give them the opportunity to develop their knowledge of trade-related aspects of the work conducted by these organizations.

Noting that participants would be in Geneva during a particularly important period of the life of the organization with the run-up to the Hong Kong Ministerial, Paul Rolian invited participants to actively take part in the forthcoming training and to develop and strengthen a solid network of contacts by attending WTO meetings and discussing with delegates, WTO experts, and representatives of other organizations.

The 34th Trade Policy Course is the last one of the kind in the 2005 Geneva-based WTO training season. A series of shorter courses, including an Introduction Course for LDCs, a Specialized Course on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and the 13th Specialized Course on Dispute Settlement will complete the Geneva-based programme this year. In 2006, four other TPCs will take place in Geneva and five similar courses, organized in cooperation with regional academic partners, will be held in different regions of the world. Other shorter courses and a large number of national and regional technical cooperation activities will take place in the field as part of the 2006 WTO Technical Cooperation and Training Plan.

List of the participants  back to top



Mr. Hamad AL-KHALIFA, Senior Economist, Directorate of Foreign Trade Relations, Ministry of Industry and Commerce


Dr. Natasha WARD, Responsible for WTO Affairs as Multilateral Desk Officer, International Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade


Miss Grace TANNO, Assistant, Economic Department, Market Access Division, Ministry of External Relations


Mrs. Ani HADJIEVA, Senior Expert, World Trade Organisation and other International Economic Organisations Department, Ministry of Economy


Mr. Abel Valentin SABATE, Senior Civil Officer, Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Trade


Mr. Jiannan LIU, Section Chief, Department of WTO Affairs, Ministry of Commerce

Dominican Rep.

Miss Carmen Teresa   FERN┴NDEZ CRUZ, Analyst of Trade Negotiations, Department of Trade Negotiations, WTO Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hong Kong, China

Mrs. Hoi Lun Helen YIP, Investor Support Officer 1, Information Technology Team, Invest Hong Kong


Mr. Ziad Mohammed Abdel Rahman JARADAT, Economic Researcher, International Organisations Division, Foreign Trade Policy and Relations Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade


Mrs. Cathryn Wanjiko KIRI, Assistant Director of External Trade, Department of External Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry

Korea, Rep of

Mr. Wan-jin   SUNG, Deputy Director, Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Division, Free Trade Agreement Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Mrs. Tsireletso Lucia MOJELA, Chief Industrial Development Officer, Department of Industry, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing


Miss Chi Mei   NG, Senior Officer, International Economic Affairs DivisionMacaoSAR Economic Services


Mrs. Nyamaa   DOLJINTSEREN, Trade Officer, Trade and Economic Cooperation Policy Coordination Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade


Mr. Kyaw SAN, Assistant Director, International Trade Promotion Department, Ministry of Commerce


Mr. Said Nasser   AL-KINDI, Head of International Organisations Section, Organisations and Conferences Department, Ministry of Commerce and Industry


Miss Marquelda Teresa ISAZA, Attorney Negotiator, National Office of International Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Russian Fed.

Miss Elena KUSHNIRENKO, Consultant, Division on International Trade of Services and Investment Agreements, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade


Mr. D. James TAYEBWA, External Trade Policy Officer, Department of Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Cooperatives

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Mrs. Ayana Okolo JOHN-PATRICK, Trade Officer I, Commerce and Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade

Saudi Arabia

Mr. Mohamed Najeeb Abdullah AL-KHATEEB, Director of Ministry of Trade and Industry, Branch in Makkah Region, Office of Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry


Mrs. Olivera   JOCIC', Senior Expert Associate, Department for Multilateral and Regional Trade Cooperation, WTO Division, Ministry of International Economic Relations

Sri Lanka

Mr. Aluthgama Gamladdalage Nimal KARUNATILAKE, Deputy Director of Commerce, Regional/Bilateral Trade South AsiaDivision, Department of Commerce

Chinese Taipei


Miss Li-Mei SHIU, Second Commercial Secretary, Multilateral Division, Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs


Mrs. Marjona USMONOVA, Chief Specialist, WTO Affairs Department, Ministry of Economy and Trade


Mr. James TIBENKANA, Economist / Finance Officer, Directorate of Budget, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Khaled Mohammed Mater ALKAABI, Legal Advisor, Department of Planning and Economy