Regional Workshop on “WTO and Post-Bali Work Programme for Asia”

Jointly organized by Commonwealth Secretariat, SANEM, Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute,
African EXIM Bank and Centre for WTO Studies.


The workshop comprising 9 technical sessions, えっくすびでお had the following recourse persons:

  • Dr. Md. Mozibur Rahman,CEO, BFTI, Dhaka
  • Dr. Selim Raihan, Executive Director, SANEM, Dhaka
  • Dr. M.A. Razzaque, Adviser and Head, Economic Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Prof. Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director, CPD, Dhaka
  • Prof. Abhijit Das, Centre for WTO Studies
  • Mr. Pushpa Sharma, Research Director, SAWTEE, Kathmandu
  • Dr. M. Asaduzzaman, Professorial Fellow, BIDS, Dhaka
  • Dr. Georgios Mermigkas,Trade & Food Security Officer, FAO, Geneva
  • Dr. Rashmi Banga, Economist, UNCTAD, Geneva
  • Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Colombo
  • Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, BIDS, Dhaka
  • Mr. Mahbub Ahmed, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Mostafa Abid Khan, Director, BFTI, Dhaka
  • Mr. Cuong Minh Nguyen, Senior Economist, ADB, Manila
  • Mr. Manzur Ahmed, Advisor, FBCCI, Dhaka


The workshop brought together government officials, policymakers and other stakeholders who are directly or indirectly engaged in WTO negotiations. Participating stakeholder organizations were as follows:

  • South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka
  • Centre for WTO Studies, India
  • Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI), Dhaka
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka
  • Institute of Policy Studies(IPS),Sri Lanka (Colombo)
  • South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dhaka
  • Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), Geneva
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva
  • Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila
  • Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Dhaka


To suggest post-Bali agenda of utmost relevance for developing and least developed countries.


The workshop was intended to identify and pursue issues which are consistent with development objectives and national priorities in the post-Bali work programme of the WTO. Intended to help deepen the understanding of development implications of relevant negotiating issues at the WTO, major issues discussed in the workshop included implications of negotiations in Agriculture, NAMA, trade in services, Trade Facilitation, implications of Bali decision on Public Stockholding for food security, Green Box Support: Development implications and other development issues of special relevance to LDCs.