The participants are from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

At the start of the course, Jorge Castro of the WTO's Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation said to participants: “This regional course will offer you the possibility to improve your understanding of the WTO agreements. It will also provide you with the opportunity to discuss how the multilateral trading system can be strengthened, reformed and modernized.”

The General Academic Coordinator of El Colegio de México, Dr Ana Covarrubias, said: “El Colegio de México has long been involved in the analysis of trade policy so it seemed natural for us to host this course. The role of Mexico in the WTO and in numerous trade agreements is being widely studied by our institution. We thank the WTO for selecting us since it reaffirms our place in the analysis of the multilateral trading system.”

Regional Trade Policy Courses are intermediate level training activities covering multilateral trade agreements (“level 2” in the WTO Progressive Learning Strategy). These two-month training events are directed at government officials working on trade-related issues who have successfully completed an introductory “level 1” course.

Regional trade policy courses are organized in partnership with regional academic institutions. The programme includes regional scholars and trade practitioners, allowing regional trade policy issues to be fully addressed. The objective is to strengthen capacity in the regions, while fostering networks among government officials, regional trade experts and regional trade-related institutions, with a view to enhancing dialogue on national and regional trade policy issues.

More information about the WTO's technical assistance and training activities can be found here.



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