Following the 11 weeks spent in that Course, they are staying for two
extra weeks to attend the Commonwealth Secretariat Programme. The participants from Fiji, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone
and Solomon Islands are thus the first beneficiaries of the Programme.
Mr. Vinod Rege, Advisor on WTO issues of the London-based Commonwealth
Secretariat, was responsible for organizing and guiding the training
under the Programme.
Programme consists of intensive briefings sessions in those subject
areas of special interest identified earlier on by the participants.
Officials from various organizations are taking part in these
sessions, mainly UNCTAD, AITIC and the London-based Commonwealth
Secretariat, as well as Geneva Ambassadors and delegates. Each
participant is required to write a briefing paper for their government
on a particular subject currently on the WTO agenda.
Richard Gold, Director, Export and Industrial Development Division of
the Commonwealth Secretariat, and H.E. Mr. Ransford Smith, Ambassador
of Jamaica and Chairman of the Group of Commonwealth Developing
Countries, held a ceremony to which they invited Ambassadors,
delegates, representatives from IGOs and members of the WTO
Secretariat. The ceremony was followed by a small reception. A joint
Commonwealth Secretariat / WTO Training Institute certificate was
presented to the participants jointly by Mr. Gold and WTO Deputy
Director-General Paul-Henri Ravier, on behalf of WTO Director-General
participants have shown great interest in the programme which has been
put together for them. Being tailored specifically to their wishes,
the programme appears to meet their expectations. The Commonwealth
Secretariat expressed its interest in having it renewed at the end of
the 19th WTO Trade Policy Course, which will take place from 14
January to 5 April 2002.
Programme has been organized jointly by the Commonwealth Secretariat
and the WTO Training Institute.