Regional trade policy courses (RTPCs)
RTPCs are built on the same model as Geneva-based TPCs and are delivered in partnership with an institution of higher learning in different regions of the world. Government officials from each specific region participate in the training and the courses adapt to regional specificities in terms of number of participants from each country. The courses are co-delivered by officials from the WTO Secretariat and academics and trade policy specialists from the region. There is a natural complementarity between the WTO expertise and regional expertise which renders this type of training comprehensive and adapted to local needs.
So while the key objectives of RTPCs are the same as for the Geneva-based courses, and provide similar training opportunities, the RTPCs are also expected to contribute to:
- building institutional partnerships at the regional level for capacity-building activities;
- giving the course a regional focus and relevance; and,
- fostering networks among institutions of higher learning and their academics.
In conjunction with each RTPC, a preparatory three-day workshop is held for academics and trade specialists who co-deliver the course. The workshop provides a detailed briefing on the objectives of the RTPC project, bilateral meetings with WTO trainers, updating on the status of ongoing work in the WTO and exchanges on research activities. The workshop is an integral part of the RTPC project as it helps to build the institutional partnership, contextualizes the joint lecturing arrangements and facilitates the building of an academic network.
The institutional partnerships by definition can only be forged with a single institution within a region at any one time, but the co-lecturers are drawn from institutions of higher learning and other sources from throughout the region. Thus, linkages are established and/or reinforced with the academic community as part of an integrated approach for sustainable capacity building.
The partnership between the regional institution and the ITTC evolves over time, with the RTPC being considered as Phase 1 of the project.
Details of the courses to be held this year can be found here.
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