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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
Gaoakanye TAPENG BOTSWANA
Helio SILVA FILHO BRAZIL
David Andrés IBANEZ PARRA COLOMBIA
Jose Maria MUNNE CACERES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Víctor Manuel ANDRADE DIAZ ECUADOR
Ketevan CHAPIDZE GEORGIA
Alfred Antwi ANNOR GHANA
Ditya Agung NURDIANTO INDONESIA
Moawiah ABDEL RAUOF AHMAD ATIAT JORDAN
Soraya Farah RAMJANALLY NUTHAY MAURITIUS
Hajar EZ-ZAHER MOROCCO
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
Ceren GUNDOGDU TURKEY
Allan Mugarura NDAGIJE UGANDA
José Pedro RÍOS VALDEZ URUGUAY
Oliver KAONGA ZAMBIA

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