A total of 16 women and 10 men from 26 WTO members (see below) are taking part in the course. The programme includes case studies, negotiations simulations and moot court, allowing beneficiaries to gain practical experience and expertise in trade policy. The objective of this “advanced” training activity is to help government officials from various ministries, including trade and foreign affairs, actively participate in the multilateral trading system.  

In her welcome address to the participants, the Director of the WTO's Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, Bridget Chilala, said: “I am very glad that we can again offer our courses in Geneva and welcome you in person in the WTO building. The course will demonstrate, through learning by doing, how to fulfil your WTO obligations, for example in the area of transparency and notifications.”

As in previous in-person editions of this course, participants will have the opportunity to attend several WTO meetings and visit Geneva-based international organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, and learn about the joint work carried out with the WTO. The course is taking place while ministers and delegates from participants' countries will gather in Geneva for the 12th Ministerial Conference from 12 to 15 June.

“It is our hope that the multicultural environment of the WTO will help promote interaction among yourselves and representatives of WTO members and observers, thus facilitating networking, exchange of experiences and debating of current trade topics”, Ms Chilala added.

The WTO provides technical support to developing and least-developed countries and observer governments — mainly in the form of training activities — for them to play a more effective role in the multilateral trading system. Technical assistance activities have been held virtually since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The 2021 WTO Technical Assistance Annual Report is available here.


Brunei DarussalamMr Kashful Rahman NORZAIRI
Cabo VerdeMr Benvindo MARQUES DOS REIS
ChileMs Maria Gloria RIETHMULLER
EswatiniMs Nomalanga Pearl GULE
The GambiaMr Kemo SM JANKA
HondurasMs Francia PADILLA
JordanMr Suhaib Abdelmoti Eid ALRO'UD
KenyaMs Maseline Adhiambo KAMASARA
KuwaitMs Salma BINMUTLAQ
Kyrgyz RepublicMr Zhyldyzbek ZHUMAKOV
MalaysiaMr Peter Hee Keong CHEAH
MauritiusMs Shazia Bi KURMOO
Namibia Ms Justine Ndahafa KATEPE
Nigeria Ms Stella Emmanuel ONWO
OmanMs Mansoura Mahmood Said AL KHUSAIBI
Saint Kitts and NevisMs Ralseia Rosanda GLASGOW
SamoaMr Maselino ENOKA
Saudi Arabia Mr Sultan ABOALELA
Singapore Ms Si Mian, Samantha CHEW
TajikistanMr Siyovash SHARIFOV
ThailandMs Somtada SUTTISING
Trinidad and TobagoMs Janelle TEEMAL
TurkeyMs Guliz CETINKAYA
ZambiaMr Nathan Nchimunya CHIKUTA




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