Title of the activity
Online Regional Trade Policy Course for English-speaking African Countries
Regional Trade Policy Course
The Online Regional Trade Policy Course (e-RTPC) is an intermediate generalist training course set at Level 2 of the Progressive Learning Strategy (PLS). The e-RTPC is 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") and it is proposed to use and complement the existing framework of the MTA eLearning platform(MTA). The objectives of the RTPC are: 1) Deepening participants' understanding of the WTO Agreements and the functioning of the WTO, its rules and procedures; 2) Strengthening participants' capacity to access WTO information resources and the ability to find relevant provisions in the WTO legal texts; and, 3) Enhance participants' understanding of relevant trade policy issues in their regional context. The e-RTPC complements the MTA by adding a focus on the regional trade policy context, both in terms of substantive content and target audience and by including a coached teaching methodology with live webinars and question-and-answer sessions.
Governments are encouraged to submit up to four candidates for consideration. Applications are equally welcome from qualified women and men. Candidates most likely to benefit from this course are officials who are currently working on WTO issues and who need to acquire a broader knowledge of the WTO and the multilateral trading system before assuming further responsibilities in this field. The nomination and application forms sent with the invitation letters, formally endorsed by the authorities, must be returned, completed and signed by the candidate as well as by the nominating national authority which presents the candidate, via the Permanent Mission/Embassy to the WTO. Nominations received from other sources will not be taken into consideration.
(i) successfully completing the WTO E-Learning course "Introduction to the WTO" or a Geneva-based Introduction Course for LDCs; (ii) possess at least three years of professional experience and be currently working in national administrations in the field of the formulation and conduct of trade policy; (iii) be proficient in English and (iv) devote themselves part-time to the course".
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