The course highlighted the importance of analyzing economic data and assessing the impact of trade policy decisions at the national level and in multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations. Participants became familiar with sources of data and methodologies to analyze trade and trade policy, including to estimate the impact of certain determinants on trade flows, and to calculate trade policy indicators. The course also provided a platform to discuss ways of enhancing the use of research in policy making.
The course was opened by the WTO's Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun. In his address, he said that analyzing the economic effects of trade policy quantitatively can be very useful in helping WTO members formulate efficient trade policies.
The activity is based on two joint UNCTAD/WTO publications, "A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis" and "An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis". Participants also heard from Professor Yoto Yotov of the American University Drexel about the latest advances in trade policy analysis, including a model to simulate the long-term impact of trade policy changes.
The chief of the Course Design and Training Section of the WTO's Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), Raymundo Valdés, closed the course by encouraging the participants to use the tools they learned, including by sharing among their colleagues, to support well-informed policy making.
The course – designed by Marc Bacchetta, Cosimo Beverelli, Jose-Antonio Monteiro and Roberta Piermartini of the WTO's Economic Research and Statistics Division – was delivered jointly with the ITTC and was offered as part of the WTO's technical assistance and capacity building courses. It represents the highest level of “specialist” training within the WTO's progressive learning framework.
The course programme is available here.
List of participants:
|Sonia Mabel LEON||ARGENTINA|
|Helio SILVA FILHO||BRAZIL|
|David Andrés IBANEZ PARRA||COLOMBIA|
|Jose Maria MUNNE CACERES||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC|
|Víctor Manuel ANDRADE DIAZ||ECUADOR|
|Alfred Antwi ANNOR||GHANA|
|Ditya Agung NURDIANTO||INDONESIA|
|Moawiah ABDEL RAUOF AHMAD ATIAT||JORDAN|
|Soraya Farah RAMJANALLY NUTHAY||MAURITIUS|
|Kay KHAING KYAW||MYANMAR|
|Tarka Raj BHATTA||NEPAL|
|Walter Luis Baldovino BENITEZ MELGAREJO||PARAGUAY|
|Mikhail KUTKIN||RUSSIAN FEDERATION|
|Bali Kaur SODHI||SINGAPORE|
|Thembekile MLANGENI||SOUTH AFRICA|
|Thavishya Dakshini MULLEGAMGODA||SRI LANKA|
|Po-Hsuan TSAI||CHINESE TAIPEI|
|Mawusse Komlagan Nezan OKEY||TOGO|
|Kriyaa BALRAMSINGH||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO|
|Allan Mugarura NDAGIJE||UGANDA|
|José Pedro RÍOS VALDEZ||URUGUAY|