TC22-4

Title of the activity
2021/2022 Advanced Agriculture Notification Workshop - Phase II
Activity Type
Thematic course
Description
The Workshop is organized by the Agriculture and Commodities Division (AGCD) in cooperation with the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC). It is a Level 3 specialized training activity implemented within the WTO Progressive Learning Strategy and it represents the highest level of learning among WTO training activities. The Workshop offers specialized training to capital-based government officials with direct responsibility in the preparation and/or analysis of notifications under the Agreement on Agriculture.

The objectives are:

1) to enable Members to fulfil their agricultural notification and transparency obligations in a timely manner in line with the 'Notification Requirements and Formats' prescribed by the Committee on Agriculture (CoA) and those emanating from the ministerial outcomes under the agriculture negotiations; and
2) to increase the capacity of Members to examine agricultural notifications and participate in the review process of the CoA.

The 2021/22 edition of the workshop was organized in two phases. The first phase took place virtually from 20-22 October 2021. In Phase I, participants had an overview of the notification requirements in the domain of agriculture with an in-depth look at those requirements in the area of domestic support, which are one of the most complex and detailed notification obligations under the Agreement on Agriculture. Participants also learned how to reply to the Export Competition Questionnaire forming part of the Nairobi Export Competition Decision. Participants were also able to practice the preparation of notifications using the new online agriculture notifications system (AG-IMS).

The second phase, subject of this activity request, will be carried out in-person, in Geneva during 13-16 September 2022. The second phase of the workshop will cover the remaining notification requirements and will include a 'notification clinic' where participants will be able to interact one-on-one with WTO Secretariat staff to discuss their draft notifications and their specific notification-related issues. Phase II will also have a focus on the CoA review process in response to Members' call for an increased participation of developing country Members in the work of the CoA. Phase II of the workshop has been organized back to back with the September 2022 CoA meeting to expose participants to the work of the Committee. Participants will be invited to share their experiences during an Information session organized in the margins of the CoA meeting.

The Workshop will be delivered in English.
Venue
Switzerland
City
WTO
Trade topic
Agriculture
Start Date
End Date
Duration (days)
4
selection process
Participants already underwent a selection process for phase I of the workshop in 2021. Therefore, applications are not opened for this follow-up activity.
Pre-requisite
Only those participants that successfully completed phase I of the workshop, and who also prepared a draft of at least one outstanding notifications (or furnish the data/information necessary for the preparation of such a notification) will be able to participate in the second phase.
Target Audience
Government officials
Language
English
Application Deadline
Friday, 29/07/2022 - 12:00 (CEST)
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
Beneficiaries
Argentina
Armenia
Bangladesh
Benin
Brazil
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Côte dʼIvoire
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ethiopia
Haiti
Jordan
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao Peopleʼs Democratic Republic
Lesotho
Mauritius
Mexico
Mongolia
Nepal
Paraguay
Philippines
Samoa
Senegal
Seychelles
Thailand
Türkiye
Uruguay
Uzbekistan