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BFTI Training on “WTO and Other Trade Issues”

Date : 8-10 March, 2014

Venue : Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute Conference Hall, TCB Bhaban (5th Floor), 1 Karwan bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


ORGANIZER

Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute

TRAINER (S)

A group of trainers (specialists/researchers) from BFTI and MoC.

PARTICIPANTS

There were 20 Officials from the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and its attached Departments/Offices, selected on the basis of nominations received from the MoC. Participating bodies were:
•    Ministry of Commerce (Moc)
•    The Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC)
•    Office of Chief Controller of Imports and Exports (CCI&E)
•    The National Consumer Rights Protection Department (DNCRP)
•    Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)
•    Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB)
•    Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI)
•    Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC)

OBJECTIVE

To familiarize the participants with the WTO multilateral trading system and a host of trade related issues, including the implications of specific WTO Agreements.

CONTENT

The course attempted to provide a comprehensive understanding about various issues related to international trade and commerce focusing mainly on the WTO -- its Agreements and other related issues, including the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). Specific issues taken up in the training course included: transition from GATT to WTO, core principles of WTO, schedule of commitments, concepts of bound duty and applied duty, tariffication, Special and Differential Treatment, WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism, duty free quota free market access, Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), rules governing international trade in Goods, WTO Agreements on Agriculture, trade in services (GATS), Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).  In addition, various issues for negotiation under the DDA, WTO Bali Package and likely implications for Bangladesh were also discussed at length. The course concluded with an evaluation test.