IDB organises 3 weeks trade policy course

JEDDAH — The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has organised a three-week trade policy course in English for selected Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries, in collaboration with the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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Published: Wed 28 Jun 2006, 11:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:14 PM

The course is within the framework of its WTO-related Technical Assistance Programme for the OIC Member Countries. The course, which began in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 19, will continue till July 7.

With the participation of senior trade experts of the concerned OIC member countries. The WTO-related Technical Assistance Programme for the OIC Member Countries comprises short trade policy courses of three-week duration, subject-specific seminars, workshops, symposia, consultative meetings on the eve of WTO ministerial conferences, studies on selected WTO-agreements and expert missions on accession issues and other related matters.

The trade policy course is a short version of the regular trade policy courses organised by the WTO in Geneva for a period of three months and cover a wide range of topics: including market access, customs and trade administration, agriculture, textiles and clothing, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, government procurement, general agreements on trade in services, intellectual property rights (IPR), anti-dumping, subsidies and countervailing measures, safeguards and state trading, settlement of disputes, agreement on trade-related investment measures, trade and competition policy, trade and environment, regionalism, and future work.

In a related development, capacity building will be the theme of the 22nd session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the OIC (COMCEC) to be held from November 21 to 24. To this end IDB has organised a two-day workshop on this subject in Jeddah prior to the COMCEC session.

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