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The OAS, WTO, and George Washington University Offer Advanced Course on the Trade Agenda of the Americas

  June 28, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the George Washington University Law School offered an advanced course for government officials titled, “A Trade Agenda for the Americas: The Doha Development Agenda and Trade Agreements in the Hemisphere,” from June 14 to 25.

Close to 30 officials from 14 Latin American countries participated in the course, which analyzed the principal themes of the hemisphere’s trade agenda and, more specifically, emphasized the Doha Development Agenda and the trade agreements signed by several countries in the hemisphere. The themes touched upon in the two-week course included the role of trade in development strategies, access to markets, agriculture, trade in services and intellectual property rights, among others.

In the opening session, the Director of the Department for Economic Development, Trade and Tourism of the OAS, Jorge Saggiante, stressed the need to develop human resources and the capacity of institutions responsible for the design and implementation of trade policy, and spoke of the importance this organization gives to the topic of development. “The OAS, in conjunction with the WTO and with the financial support of countries like Spain and Canada, takes advantage of its technical capacity and recognized scholarship programs to organize this type of course and contribute to the institutional strengthening of its Member States,” he said.

The presentations were given by experts and analysts from the WTO, the OAS, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and other regional and international organizations, as well as university professors, lawyers, and officials from different Latin American countries with extensive practical experience in designing and managing trade policy.

Additional information on this course is available at the following link:

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Reference: E-257/10