The WTO Secretariat, in support of the priority attached to accessions by Members, is organizing two major technical assistance activities in 2013. The programmes for both activities were developed in consultation with WTO Members and relevant Groups:
- The Global Seminar on WTO Accessions will take place in Geneva, from 23 to 27 September.
The purpose of the Global Seminar on WTO Accessions is to build and strengthen the technical expertise of negotiators and share concrete experiences and best practices from the thirty-one concluded accessions, so far. The Seminar, in presenting the technical details and the “big picture” on WTO Accessions will demonstrate how the results from concluded accessions have contributed to support and lock-in domestic reforms for growth and development priorities. It will also demonstrate how WTO accessions’ acquis has served to safeguard and strengthen the rules based Multilateral Trading System. Two capital-based and one Geneva-based official of each of the 24 acceding governments; and, one Geneva-based official of the 31 Article XII Members have been invited to participate.
> Programme of the Global Seminar on WTO Accessions
> List of Participants
- The Second China Round Table on WTO Accessions will take place in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, from 15 to 18 October 2013.
This year, the topic is the “Future of the Multilateral Trading System: Perspectives of LDCs and Article XII Members”. As WTO Members prepare for the 9th Ministerial Conference (MC9), the purpose of the Round Table is to: 1) review contributions of WTO Accessions to the rules-based Multilateral Trading System; 2) take stock of accessions in view of MC9; 3) identify priorities, within an overall plan to support those LDCs still in the accession process; and 4) reinforce and consolidate a network of LDCs’ Chief Negotiators in the WTO accession process. In the broad framework of the future of the Multilateral Trading System, participants at the “Second China Round Table” will share accession negotiating experiences; identify key areas in accession-related domestic reform; and, review areas where capacity-building support and technical assistance are required.
> Draft Programme of the Second China Round Table on WTO Accessions
- Beijing 2012 Round Table
The “Beijing 2012 Round Table” is one of the three components of the “China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme” (the China Programme). This “China Programme” was established by the Government of China under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of China and the World Trade Organization on 14 July 2011. The “China Programme” is aimed at strengthening LDCs’ participation in the WTO and at assisting acceding LDCs in their accessions to the WTO.
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