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Twenty One Complete WTO Trade Course

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Twenty-one Caribbean nationals are now better equipped to understand and manage trade related issues affecting the region.

They participated in this year’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC), held in partnership with the Shridath Ramphal Centre at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus. The campus hosted a ceremony and cocktail reception on Friday, June 23rd to distribute certificates and mark the official end of the eight-week programme.

Deputy Principal, Professor Clive Landis extended congratulations to those present on their successful completion of the course, which covered the fundamentals of international trade agreements, trade policy analysis, trade negotiations, and international trade strategy.

He added that the University was pleased to be a partner in the WTO funded initiative and participants should view it as an excellent opportunity to deepen their capacity to not only understand but find solutions to critical trade-related problems in the region, as well as use the knowledge gained to further advance Caribbean integration.

“This course brings together representatives of government ministries from across the region and is yet another opportunity for the university to forge invaluable partnerships with international organizations while fulfilling its mandate to ensure the continued growth and development of the Caribbean.

“The UWI is deeply appreciative of such partnerships and your success throughout this intensive and very valuable programme also shows your commitment to personal development and signals that our region is in good hands” he said.

WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Federick Agah of Nigeria also encouraged participants to continue educating themselves about the rules, regulations and functioning of the WTO.

He said: “Thispartnership has allowed us to train, since 2014, 86 government officials from countries from the Caribbean region. Like them before you, the RTPC has provided government officials from this region with a unique opportunity for "hands-on" learning about the multilateral trading system and the Caribbean regional trade environment…The course has considered the legal side of the WTO Agreements, but also the economic implications of these rules and disciplines for your countries.”

“By working together you have forged a network of trade officials that will endure the test of time and grow further and stronger over the years…I sincerely hope that this RTPC will serve as a springboard for your career development as it has been the case for several of the former RTPC participants who have subsequently attended further training courses at the WTO headquarters”

This was the fourth RTPC organized in partnership with The UWI’s Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade, Law, Policy and Services. The on-site academic coordinators in Barbados were Neil Paul and Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete.

RTPCs are intermediate "generalists" training courses specifically designed for government officials from various ministries/agencies working on trade-related issues who have already undertaken basic WTO training.

The courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies and exercises which include a final exam. They are taught by officials from the WTO Secretariat, trade policy specialists and academic experts from the region.

Twenty-one Caribbean nationals are now better equipped to understand and manage trade related issues affecting the region.

They participated in this year’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC), held in partnership with the Shridath Ramphal Centre at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus. The campus hosted a ceremony and cocktail reception on Friday, June 23rd to distribute certificates and mark the official end of the eight-week programme.

Deputy Principal, Professor Clive Landis extended congratulations to those present on their successful completion of the course, which covered the fundamentals of international trade agreements, trade policy analysis, trade negotiations, and international trade strategy.

He added that the University was pleased to be a partner in the WTO funded initiative and participants should view it as an excellent opportunity to deepen their capacity to not only understand but find solutions to critical trade-related problems in the region, as well as use the knowledge gained to further advance Caribbean integration.

“This course brings together representatives of government ministries from across the region and is yet another opportunity for the university to forge invaluable partnerships with international organizations while fulfilling its mandate to ensure the continued growth and development of the Caribbean.

“The UWI is deeply appreciative of such partnerships and your success throughout this intensive and very valuable programme also shows your commitment to personal development and signals that our region is in good hands” he said.

WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Federick Agah of Nigeria also encouraged participants to continue educating themselves about the rules, regulations and functioning of the WTO.

He said: “Thispartnership has allowed us to train, since 2014, 86 government officials from countries from the Caribbean region. Like them before you, the RTPC has provided government officials from this region with a unique opportunity for "hands-on" learning about the multilateral trading system and the Caribbean regional trade environment…The course has considered the legal side of the WTO Agreements, but also the economic implications of these rules and disciplines for your countries.”

“By working together you have forged a network of trade officials that will endure the test of time and grow further and stronger over the years…I sincerely hope that this RTPC will serve as a springboard for your career development as it has been the case for several of the former RTPC participants who have subsequently attended further training courses at the WTO headquarters”

This was the fourth RTPC organized in partnership with The UWI’s Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade, Law, Policy and Services. The on-site academic coordinators in Barbados were Neil Paul and Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete.

RTPCs are intermediate "generalists" training courses specifically designed for government officials from various ministries/agencies working on trade-related issues who have already undertaken basic WTO training.

The courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies and exercises which include a final exam. They are taught by officials from the WTO Secretariat, trade policy specialists and academic experts from the region.










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