The course was organized jointly by the WTO Trade in Services Division and the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation.

Participants deepened their understanding of the main provisions of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and analysed key features of recent regional trade agreements. They also explored recent trends in world services trade, the latest developments in measuring services trade, and various tools for trade policy analysis. Participants also discussed topical issues in services trade policy, such as e-commerce, investment facilitation and environmental services.

Mr Uzoma Desmond Idu-Odaiche, official from Nigeria's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, said: “This course allowed me to enhance my knowledge of trade in services and to familiarize myself with the main provisions in trade agreements. It has also equipped me with the tools needed to involve our private sector operators by educating them on the benefits of engagement in trading services.”

Ms Verónica Gabriela López Gilli, official from Argentina's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, said: “This course has helped me enhance my knowledge of emerging trends in services and equipped me with relevant tools for the tasks that I undertake in terms of services and investments.”

Mr Berisford Codd, who works in Belize's Directorate General for Foreign Trade, said: “This course has allowed me to gain more insight into some of the latest negotiations that have been happening at the WTO on domestic services, service regulations and investment facilitation for development. ”

The course programme is available here.

The list of participants is below:


Mrs. Verónica Gabriela López Gilli
Director of Digital Economy, Services, Investment, Government Procurement and Intellectual Property
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship


Mr. Mohammad Mashooqur Rahman Sikder
Deputy Secretary
Ministry of Commerce


Mr. Berisford Codd
Trade Economist II
Directorate General for Foreign Trade


Mr. Tashi Dorji
Chief Industries Officer
Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Faris Godinjak
Senior Advisor for Foreign Trade Policy and Control
Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations


Mr. Juan Salvador Bonilla Ibañez
Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Mrs. Zihan Yi
Second Secretary
Ministry of Commerce

Costa Rica

Mrs. Paola María López Ulate
Advisor for the Trade in Services and Digital Economy Division
Ministry of Foreign Trade

Côte d'Ivoire

Mr. Max-Bertin Djacore
Deputy Director of Bilateral and Regional Trade Cooperation
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and SMEs Promotion

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mr. Julio Muya Kunda
Office Coordinator
Ministry of Foreign Trade


Mrs. Stephanie Gabriela Moreno Pacheco
Director of Trade in Services Negotiations and Double Taxation
Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries

Hong Kong, China

Ms. Ying Hin Wong
Trade Officer
Trade and Industry Department


Mr. Anuj Ojha
Deputy Director
Ministry of Commerce and Industry


Mr. Mohammad Ghanem
Head of Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Mrs. Savankham Phongsavath
Trade Officer
Department of Foreign Trade Policy


Ms. Mahlompho Ayanda Selapane
Principal Trade Development Officer
Ministry of Trade, Industry, Business Development and Tourism


Mr. Guillermo Medellin
Ministry of Economy


Mrs. Siham Belakbir
Ministry of Industry and Commerce


Mrs. Win Min Phyoe
Ministry of Commerce


Mrs. Diana Tjiposa
Deputy Director, Trade and Policy Negotiations
Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade


Mr. Uzoma Desmond Idu-Odaiche
Assistant Chief Commercial Officer
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment


Mr. Adnan Al-Shahi
Head of Industrial Cooperation Section
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion


Ms. Raissa Faminial
Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist
Department of Trade and Industry


Mrs. Keity Fereita Siniva Tuiloma
Principal Project Management Officer
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour


Mr. Shawn Teck Choon Lui
Senior Assistant Director
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Sri Lanka

Mrs. Dona Abegunawardana Seevali Wijewantha
Deputy Director of Commerce
Ministy of Trade, Commerce and Food Security

Chinese Taipei

Mr. Yii-Feng Chang
Deputy Assistant Trade Representative
Office of Trade Negotiations


Ms. Nuntirat Klaiklueng
Trade Officer
Ministry of Commerce

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Abdulla Aldhuhoori
Economic Researcher
Ministry of Economy





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