Regional seminars, for capital based officials, allow WTO to reach a homogeneous audience based in the regions and interested in the same subject matter. These activities facilitate exchange of information, sharing of experiences and networking among participants. Regional seminars increasingly move away from providing basic explanations to more advanced levels of training. A biennial cycle is applied for most topics, bearing in mind that all WTO Agreements are systematically covered through the Geneva-based training as well as through the regional trade policy courses.
The level of expertise required (target audience) is always specified in the letter of invitation and it is the primary responsibility of the beneficiary countries to ensure that attendees have the required level of knowledge and expertise. A selection process may be conducted for some of these activities, depending on their format. Regional seminars are organized in the following areas:
- Dispute Settlement;
- Government Procurement (Plurilateral Agreement);
- Non-Agriculture Market Access (NAMA);
- Regional Trade Agreements;
- Rules (Anti-Dumping, Subsidies and CVDs, Safeguards, State Trading);
- Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS);
- Services negotiations and GATS;
- Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT);
- Trade and Development, including: Special and Differential Treatment and Small Economies;
- Trade and Environment;
- Trade Facilitation; and,
- Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) (e.g. geographical indications, TRIPS and public health, biotechnology/traditional knowledge/biodiversity, enforcement).
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