National workshop on post-accession Organized by the World Trade Organization, United Nations conference on Trade and Development and the republic of Liberia

Date: 27 to 29 June 2016
Location:Monrovia, Liberia

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Programme (Monrovia, Liberia, 27 to 29 June 2016)

DAY 1: MONDAY JUNE 27TH 2016 - BELLA CASA CONFERENCE ROOM

MODULE 1: OPENING /OVERVIEW. POST ACCESSION STRATEGY/BEST PRACTICES (09:00 – 12:30)

09:00 – 09:30: ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

09:30 – 10:30: OPENING REMARKS

  • WTO Secretariat
  • H.E. Mr. Axel Addy, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Liberia
    Speech

10:30 – 11:30: OVERVIEW OF THE ACCESSION PACKAGE AND POST ACCESSION PLAN/STRATEGY

    Presentation by the Government of Liberia
    Q&R

11:30 – 12:30: POST-ACCESSION — MAXIMISING THE BENEFITS OF WTO MEMBERSHIP FROM DAY 1

  • Notifications and implementation of commitments
  • Participation in the work of the WTO as Member
  • Institutional matters and coordination
  • Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

12:30 – 13:00 POST-ACCESSION BEST PRACTICES

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

MODULE 2: NOTIFICATIONS. IMPLEMENTATION OF SELECTED ACCESSION COMMITMENTS (14:00 – 16:00)

14:00 – 15:00: The WTO: Role and Functions. WTO Notification requirements and Procedures.

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

15:00 — 16:00: One-off and Regular Notification requirements: Summary. How to use the WTO Website to retrieve notification-related information.

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

16:00 – 16:15: CLOSING REMARKS

    Ministry of Commerce and Industry

 

DAY 2: TUESDAY JUNE 28TH 2016 – BELLA CASA CONFERENCE ROOM

09:00 – 09:30: ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

09:30 – 10:30: Overview of the Agriculture Agreement and the accession commitments of Liberia. The Handbook on Agriculture Notification requirements. Domestic Support – Tables DS:1 and DS:2. Export subsidies – Table ES:1. Export Restrictions – ER:1

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

10:30 – 12:00: Overview of the TBT and SPS Agreements and the accession commitments of Liberia. Notification requirements on TBT and SPS.

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

12:00 – 13:00: Services and IP: Overview of the GATS and TRIPS and the accession commitments of Liberia. Notification requirements.

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

14:00 – 16:00: Goods: customs and trade-administration related agreements. Overview of the CVA, IL, RO, PSI Agreements and the accession commitments of Liberia and, other issues (STEs, TRIMs). Notification requirements.

    Presentation by WTO Accessions Division
    Q&R

16:00 – 16:15 CLOSING REMARKS

    Ministry of Commerce and Industry

 

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY JUNE 29TH 2016 – BELLA CASA CONFERENCE ROOM

09:00 – 09:30 ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

09:30 – 10:30: DDA AND POST-NAIROBI AGENDA

    Presentation by Accessions Division
    Q&R

10:30 – 11:30: TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT: OVERVIEW AND RATIFICATION

    Presentation by Accessions Division
    Q&R

11:30 – 12:30: DISPUTE SETTLEMENT SYSTEM: OVERVIEW AND OPPORTUNITIES

    Presentation by Accessions Division
    Q&R

MODULE 3: POST-ACCESSION EXPERIENCE AND SUPPORT (13:30 – 17:00)

13:30 – 15:30 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION AND WRAP SESSION

  • Presentation by the Government, Private Sector, and Academia: IDENTIFICATION OF POST ACCESSION NEEDS
    Q&R

Presentation by Accessions Division: POST-ACCESSION SUPPORT

  • WTO Secretariat post accession support
  • Outreach
  • Training
    Q&R

15:30 – 16:00: Press conference

16:00 – 16:15 CLOSING REMARKS

  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
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