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Technical Capacity Building for Afghanistan's Accession to WTO - Lessons from Recent Accession & their Development and Business Implications

22 August 2012 - 24 August 2012
New Delhi, India

The Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia of ESCAP, in collaboration with the UNCTAD/WTO's International Trade Centre (ITC) based in Geneva is organizing a capacity-building programme bringing together Government officials and private sector representatives in support of Afghanistan’s bid for membership to the World Trade Organization. Recognizing the complexity and unique nature of each accession process, it is customized to the specific needs of this acceding country and will also provide an opportunity to discuss specific issues facing Afghanistan at this early stage of the accession process.

The three-day event aims to nurture a structured and well informed policy dialogue between public and private sector representatives on Afghanistan’s WTO Accession, by addressing knowledge gaps amongst main stakeholders and related trade policy reforms and development issues. It will also provide a platform for the sharing of experience among recently acceded LDCs across South Asia and assist national officials in developing a road map for accession to the WTO.

The dialogue will take place at the SRO-SSWA in New Delhi from 22 to 24 August. It will bring together government officials from Afghanistan involved in negotiations on the WTO accession, representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI) and officials from leading trade chambers and advisory boards in Afghanistan.

To view the concept note, please click here

To view the tentative programme, please click here

To view the press release, please click here

To view the report on the Technical Capacity Building, please click here