Ruggiero's speeches, 1995-99
WTO Director-General Mike Moore said the project
highlights our efforts to reach out to the public
using every accessible modern technology, including the
Internet. He noted that the organization is already
keeping trade communities, especially in least-developed
countries, up-to-date on WTO activities through its
and electronic mail.
WTO videoconference cycle uses the Monterrey Institute's
Virtual University Network, which has local centres in
leading academic institutions in Latin America, including
in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador,
Honduras, Panama, Peru, El Salvador and Venezuela.
Deputy Director-General Miguel Rodriguez opened the
videoconference cycle on 30 August 2000. This inaugural
broadcast, on Basic Principles and General Overview
of the WTO, was followed by more than 500 students,
businessmen and trade officials in Mexico alone. It was
also broadcast to other Latin American countries.
next WTO videoconference will be held on 20 September
2000 with focus on trade in goods, including the WTO
agreements on agriculture and on textiles. Other WTO
subjects to be featured through 22 November 2000 are
dispute settlement, trade in services, trade and
environment and trade-related aspects of intellectual
videoconferences take place on selected Wednesdays from
10 to 11:30 a.m. Mexico time (5:00-6:30 p.m. Geneva
time). The full programme is available on the website (http://www.ruv.itesm.mx/programas/uve)
of the Monterrey Institute (Instituto Tecnolˇgico y de
Estudios Superiores de Monterrey or ITESM).