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Senior WTO management regularly attend key international meetings involving
parliamentarians (including meetings held at WTO Ministerial Conferences);
they often address parliaments in capitals and also meet with parliamentary
visitors to Geneva.
Secretariat staff routinely arrange briefing sessions for parliamentarians.
The Information and External Relations Division is increasingly working with
parliamentary organizations, such as the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the
Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie. It organizes a number of
outreach activities (funded through technical assistance) to inform and
engage with parliamentarians on the Doha Development Agenda. This programme
has included regional events in many parts of the globe, including Africa,
Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Arab region.
Ten workshops have been organized for parliamentarians in cooperation with
the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association:
Antigua & Barbuda, February 2009,
for the Caribbean and Americas region
Nairobi, Kenya, from 29 to 31 May
2007, for African countries
Fiji, from 23 to 25 October 2006,
for the Pacific region
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 27
February to 1 March 2006, for India/Asia/South-East Asia regions
Kingston, Jamaica, from 8 to 10
June 2005, for the Caribbean and Americas region
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, from 25 to
27 July 2005, for various African countries
Wellington, New Zealand, from 28 to
30 April 2004, for the Pacific region
Singapore, from 8 to 10 November
2004, for the Asia/South-East Asia region
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,
from 28 to 30 July 2003, for the Caribbean and the Americas region
Cape Town, South Africa, from 19 to
22 May 2003, for various African countries.
Three workshops have been organized for parliamentarians in cooperation with
Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF):
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in December 2008
Hanoi, Vietnam, in March 2007
Marrakech, Morocco, in May 2004.
Three workshops have been organized for parliamentarians in the Latin
Two activities have been organized for Arab parliamentarians in cooperation
Arab Monetary Fund:
United Arab Emirates, 2009
United Arab Emirates, 2008.
In March 2007, a workshop for parliamentarians from developing countries was
organized for the first time at WTO headquarters in partnership with the
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
In addition to these regional outreach activities, a few national activities
are regularly held at the request of WTO members. The Information and
External Relations Division also organizes visits by parliamentarians to the
WTO throughout the year. During these visits, parliamentarians are briefed
on WTO issues as well as on progress in the Doha Development Agenda.