Both were held in collaboration with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which supplied five expert speakers.
The workshop for journalists had nine participants, including senior reporters from the Jakarta Post, the Manila Times, the Bangkok Post, Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) TV, Malaysia’s news agency Bernama, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and GMA Television News.
The workshop for NGOs had the same number of participants, and included representatives from Indonesia for Global Justice, the Philippines’ Federation of Free Workers, the Board of Trade of Thailand, the Federation of Thai Industries and Malaysia’s Monitoring Sustainability for Globalisation.
The resource persons for both workshops included Thailand’s former ambassador to the WTO Aspiradi Tantraporn and ESCAP’s chief of Trade Policy and Analysis Section Dr Mia Mikic. A former Philippine delegate to the WTO, Mr Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe, was an additional resource person for the NGO workshop.
WTO Spokesman Keith Rockwell opened both workshops through televised addresses. He gave an overview of the WTO and its efforts to connect with the media and civil society, respectively.
To encourage interactive discussions, both workshops featured presentations by participants on special situations of their country’s trade in the region. Each day started with learning sessions on a selection of key areas of WTO work, moving on to presentations by participants on subjects that interested them. Participants also chaired some sessions and acted as discussants in some sessions.
WTO information officers Peter Ungphakorn and Luis Ople gave presentations on the history of the WTO and its main functions and agreements, including dispute settlement, agriculture, intellectual property, rules and regional trade agreements.
Participants: journalistsMr Moeun Chhean Nariddh — Journalism Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Russian Federation Boulevard Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, 12101, Cambodia
Ms Linda Yulisman — Reporter, Jakarta Post, The Jakarta Post Building Jl. Palmerah Barat No. 142-143, Jakarta, 10270, Indonesia
Mr Kenny Teng Khoon Hock — Reporter, Bernama, Penang, 163-C-1 & 163-D-1, Wisma Sri Perak Jalan Perak, Penang, 10150, Malaysia
Mr Aberon Voltaire ‘Volt’ Solano Palaña —Business Reporter, Manila Times, 2/F Sitio Grande Building 409 A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros Manila, 1020, Philippines
Ms Alaysa E. Escandor — Reporter, GMA network, 2nd F, GMA News Research GMA Complex, EDSA Corner Timog Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, 1100, Philippines
Mr Jake Soriano — Freelance, 13H Maalalahanin St Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila1100, Philippines
Ms Kris M. Crismundo —Reporter, Philippines News Agency, 2nd Floor PIA bldg Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Ms Nuntinee Lailaeiat —Economics reporter, Thai PBS, 145 Viphavadi Rangsit Rd Talat Bangkhen, Laksi, Bangkok, 10210, Thailand
Mr Nop Tephaval — Reporter, Bangkok Post, Bangkok Post Building, 136 Sunthorn Kosa Road Klong Toey, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Participants: NGOsMr Jay Jay Denis — Monitoring Sustainability for Globalisation (MSN), No. 2A, Jalan Bayu Tinggi 8/KS6, Batu Unjur, Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan41200, Malaysia
Ms Victoria (Vickee) Viterbo-QUIMBO — AER Industrial Policy Team, 34 Metro Ave., Metroheights Sub Culiat, Quezon City, 1128, Philippines
Ms Rika Febriani — Indonesia for Global Justice, Jl. Tebet Barat XIII No.17 , Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Mr Rodrigo M Catindig — National Vice President, Federation of Free Workers, 1943 Taft Ave. Malate, Manila, 1004, Philippines
Mr Buntoon Wongseelashote —Chairman, Committee on Business Sustainability, Board of Trade of Thailand, 150/2 Rajbopit Rd Phranakhon District, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Ms Nopawon Chalongpuntharat — Committee on International Trade in Goods negotiation, Board of Trade of Thailand, 150/2 Rajbopit Rd Phranakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand
Ms Duangkamol Rushchakitti — Officer, AEC and International Trade Regulations Division, Board of Trade of Thailand, 150/2 Rajbopit Rd Phranakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand
Ms Nattanit Suwanpradit — International Organization Officer, International Organizations Department, Federation of Thai Industries, Zone C, 4th floor, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center 60 New Rachadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand