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29 January 1996

Third WTO Trade Policy Course opens in Geneva

The WTO inaugurates today its third trade policy course for twenty-four officials from developing countries. The course, to be held in Spanish, begins today and will end 3 May 1996.

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The aim of the training courses is to provide participants with greater understanding of trade policy matters, the functioning of the multilateral trading system and the work of the World Trade Organization. Courses will also address the provisions of the agreements resulting from the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations and the rights and obligations of WTO members. Offered in English, French and Spanish, the courses are open to officials from developing countries, including countries which are not WTO members.

The courses have a practical orientation and are designed to help participating officials, who already have responsibilities for the formulation and conduct of foreign trade policy in their respective governments, to perform their functions more effectively, and to promote a more active and effective participation of their respective countries in the multilateral trading system. Apart from a series of lectures on WTO law, the programme includes participation in seminars and group discussions, a workshop on negotiating techniques and simulation exercises for conducting trade negotiations and for settling disputes. Participants also attend official meetings.

During the course, participants undertake a study tour in Switzerland and a study tour abroad,

which include visits to institutions and enterprises connected with foreign trade. In addition to WTO Secretariat officials, many guest lecturers, including senior officials of government delegations and international organizations, as well as academics, are invited to address the participants.

Since 1955, GATT/WTO has organized 80 training courses for 1,440 officials from 128 developing countries and ten regional organizations. These figures do not include the 122 senior trade officials from Eastern and Central European and Central Asian countries who participated in the five special courses organized by GATT since 1991, with the financial support of the Swiss Government, nor the 48 senior officials from Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine who attended the two special GATT/WTO courses funded by the United States in 1994 and 1995.

List of participants/liste des participants/ lista de participantes

Sr. Jorge G. DÍAZ DE BIASI, Secretario de Embajada, Subsecretaría de Negociaciones Económicas Internacionales, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto, Buenos Aires.

Srta. Zandra E. RODRÍGUEZ CAMPOY, Tercer Secretario, Encargada de Negociaciones Económicas Multilaterales, Subsecretaría de Integración, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, La Paz.

Srta. Elba C. LIMA RÊGO, Economista, Departamento Económico, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento Económico y Social (BNDES), Río de Janeiro.

Sra. Clara GAVÍRIA AGUDELO, Asesor, Dirección de Negociaciones, Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, Bogotá.

Sra. Mayra ÁLVAREZ GONZÁLEZ, Especialista en Política Comercial, Ministerio del Comercio Exterior, Ciudad Habana.

Sr. Pedro P. SAN JORGE RODRÍGUEZ, Especialista en Política Comercial, Ministerio del Comercio Exterior, Ciudad Habana.

Sr. Alejandro M. BUVINI$ ALARCÓN, Subdirector, Departamento Jurídico, Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Santiago.

Sra. María A. JARA VALDERRAMA, Jefe del Departamento Acceso a Mercados, Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Santiago.

Sr. Pablo H. PORRAS VINUEZA, Canciller II, Analista y Asistente de la Dirección General de Asuntos del GATT, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Quito.

Sr. Edison D. SÁNCHEZ NEIRA, Coordinador de la Subsecretaría de Comercio Exterior e Integración, Ministerio de Industrias, Comercio, Integración y Pesca, Quito.

El Salvador
Sr. Francisco A. PEÑA RODRÍGUEZ, Subdirector de Política Comercial, Ministerio de Economía, San Salvador.

Srta. María V.E. MEZA CORTEZ, Subdirector Técnico de Comercio Exterior, Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala.

Sra. Mariella VÉLEZ GAITÁN DE GARCÍA, Ministro Consejero, Subdirectora de Política Comercial, a.i., Dirección de Política Económica Internacional, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Guatemala,

Sra. Nyoby GODOY FLORES, Inspector de Empresas, Departamento de Política Comercial, Secretaría de

Economía y Comercio, Dirección General de Política Comercial, Tegucigalpa.

Sra. Jerónima URBINA CRUZ, Economista III, Jefe de Política Comercial, Ministerio de Economía y Comercio, Tegucigalpa.

Srta. G. Amalia ARREORTÚA LÓPEZ, Jefe de Departamento, Asuntos Normativos e Institucionales de la OCDE, Secretaría de Comercio y Fomento Industrial, México.

Sr. Donato ROSALES ORTEGA, Presidente, Legislador-Comisión de Comercio, Palacio Justo Arosemena, Panamá.

Sr. Yamil A. DÁVALOS OLMEDO, Técnico, Unidad de Negociaciones Económicas Internacionales (UNEI), Ministerio de Industria y Comercio, Asunción.

Sr. Juan A. DELGADILLO FRANCO, Consejero, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Asunción.

Srta. Rosa E. TORRES HUAYANE, Subdirectora del Sector Externo, Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas, Lima.

Sr. Hugo A. CAYRÚS MAURÍN, Secretario de Segunda del Servicio Exterior, Dirección de Organismos Económicos Internacionales, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Montevideo.

Sr. Hebert N. MARTÍNEZ BARRIOS, Asesor en Comercio Exterior, Dirección General de Comercio Exterior, Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas, Montevideo.

Sra. Libia Z. PINO TORCAT, Planificador Jefe de Negociaciones sobre Servicios de la OMC, Instituto de Comercio Exterior, Caracas.

Sr. Joaquín M. PIÑA GONZÁLEZ, Jefe del Sector de Transportes, División de Servicios e Integración, Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración (ALADI), Montevideo, Uruguay.