World Trade Institute’s training boosts Uzbekistan’s expertise for WTO accession

07.02.2024 104

Six government officials – including one of Uzbekistan’s WTO negotiating team – are attending courses at the World Trade Institute’s Winter Academy in January and February 2024. The WTI Winter Academy covers cutting-edge issues in trade and investment law and policy.

The ITC arranged the technocrats’ participation in the academy to help foster deep knowledge about WTO disciplines as Uzbekistan gears up to join the multilateral trading system, which is governed by the WTO.

The officials all hold crucial positions in their institutions. Two of them are also involved in drafting pioneering trade remedy legislation for the country to meet the WTO requirements.

The delegates represent Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade (MIIT) and other specialist agencies for trade matters. These include the Competition Committee; the Competition Promotion and Consumer Protection Committee, the Customs Committee, and the Uzbek State Asset Management Agency.

The courses align with the participants’ core responsibilities and cover the areas of WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation; WTO Law on Anti-dumping and Safeguard Measures; WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures; and Law and Policy of Trade in Services.

Various trade professionals, who are known as veterans in their respective fields, are presenting the courses at the prestigious World Trade Institute in Bern, which has long been recognized as among the best training grounds for policymakers and practitioners in the areas of global trade and investment.

This will allow the trainees to engage counterparts from other countries, as well as establish contact with top trade experts, and practitioners in trade remedies, market access, and trade in services fields.

The European Union (EU) funded the officials’ enrollment under the project Facilitating the process of Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO, of which the ITC is the implementing partner.

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