Institute - World Trade Organization Collaboration
on Capacity Building
June, 2003 The Mandela Institute of the Wits Law School
collaborated with the World Trade Organization on an advanced
training course for senior government officials from English Speaking
African countries. The course about the Doha Development Agenda
aimed to enhance the participation of African Countries in the
Multilateral Trading System. It was run over two weeks in June.
came from Botswana, Egypt, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho,
Mauritius, the Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
There were also representatives from COMESA and the UN Economic
Commission for Africa. The discussions were lively and interesting.
Many participants expressed frustration about the lack of progress
in negotiations especially in the area of agriculture. The delegates
shared information about the particular trade problems facing
quality of the course was excellent. Mr Willie Chatsika from the
WTO Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation coordinated
the course and taught some of the sessions. Eleven representatives
from the WTO secretariat came to Johannesburg in order to give
specialist presentations. There were also lectures by members
of the staff of the Mandela Institute at the University of Witwatersrand
Law School. David Unterhalter gave a paper on trade and competition.
Victoria Bronstein contributed to sessions on services and trade
and investment. Anne Stern explored the specialist area of Geographical
Indications in her paper. The Mandela Institute invited Advocate
Steven Goldblatt and Ian Steuart from the South African Department
of Trade and Industry to make presentations on trade on Trade
entire project was exciting and interesting for the Mandela Institute
which aims to develop global law in an African context. The presenters
and the delegates combined to provide unique and interesting insight
into the World Trading System.
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