Title of the activity
Regional Trade Policy Course for Arab and Middle Eastern Members and Observers
Regional Trade Policy Course
RTPCs are generalist training courses set at Level 2 of the Progressive Learning Strategy (PLS). They are intermediate courses specifically designed for government officials who have already undertaken Level 1 PLS training (E-learning "Introduction to the WTO" or Geneva-based "Introduction Course for LDCs"). The objectives of the RTPC are to: 1) deepen participants understanding of the WTO Agreements and the functioning of the WTO, its rules and procedures; 2) enhance participants understanding of relevant trade policy issues in their regional context; 3) increase participants autonomy to work on WTO issues by strengthening their capacity to access and utilize WTO information resources and in particular the WTO Legal Texts; and, 4) facilitate the strengthening of participant's network of professional contacts (participants, regional and WTO experts). RTPCs are organized and implemented in partnership with an academic institution selected through a competitive process. The 2019 RTPC for Caribbean Members and Observers of the WTO is the first RTPC to be organized in partnership with the Institute of International Relations/Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.
All candidates must satisfy the course pre requisite of either 1) having successfully completed the WTO E-Learning course "Introduction to the WTO" (https://ecampus.wto.org); or 2) having completed, within the last four years, a Geneva-based Introduction Course for LDCs. In exceptional circumstances consideration will be given to candidates who do not meet the aforementioned criteria but who possess knowledge or professional experience that is demonstrably commensurate with the course's requirements.
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations