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WTO Advanced course on Trade Facilitation for National Committee Chairs
The WTO Secretariat is organizing the 2016 WTO Advanced Course on Trade Facilitation for National Committee Chairs to be conducted in English from 6 to 10 June in Geneva. This one-week course is a "Level 3" training activity implemented within the WTO progressive learning framework and it represents the highest level of learning among WTO training activities.
The Trade Facilitation Agreement requires all Members to have a national committee to oversee its implementation. These committees must be operational by the time the Agreement enters into force. Many Members have already reported difficulties in maintaining an effective committee and have indicated their need for technical assistance either through the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility or directly through donors or WTO partner organizations. To help meet these needs, each participant, ideally the chair of the national committee, will identify practical ways to address implementation challenges in their country through an action plan to be prepared during the course.
The course will be highly inter-active and hands-on. Participants will be asked to make a presentation at a workshop for all WTO Members on experience sharing on the operation of a national trade facilitation committee that will be held during the week of the course. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a meeting of the WTO Trade Facilitation Preparatory Committee.
Prior to the commencement of the course the selected participants will complete a questionnaire in which they will identify the challenges encountered by their national committee, and by the participant in their role as chair. During the course each participant will work with a coach from a partner organization (i.e. UNCTAD, UNECE, World Bank Group, ITC, WCO) to prepare an action plan to address these issues. The implementation of these action plans will be monitored through a periodic reporting process after the course.
The course will help develop a network of contacts among chairs of national trade facilitation committees in different Members, and a good working relationship with the organizations that will provide technical assistance to support their national committee.