'WTO Regional Trade Policy Course" at BİLGİ

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“WTO Regional Trade Policy Course” shall be held between 3 September -19 October in Istanbul organized in partnership with İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law, World Trade Organization and Turkish Ministry of Economy.

The opening ceremony of the training program for Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus countries will be held at Santral Campus on 3rd September.

The RTPC which is organized in partnership with İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law, World Trade Organization, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation and the Turkish Ministry of Economy, aims at deepening the participants' understanding of the functioning of the WTO, its rules, procedures and at developing their capacity to find relevant information and documents on WTO-related issues, including the use of the WTO legal texts and developing a network between the participants as well as the WTO experts and regional experts.

Selected participants shall benefit from the education program offered by the WTO experts and the university professors. WTO experts shall provide general formation regarding the agreements and the regional academics shall deliver the regional perspective and related experience. The program is administered by Assistant  Professor Pınar Artıran from İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law who has been appointed as the Academic Coordinator of the RTPC by the WTO. Associate Professor Gül Okutan Nilsson and Dr. Nilüfer Oral from the same Faculty will also contribute to the RTPC as regional academics.

This course offers basic training to government officials from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus Countries on the WTO, its agreements and other related issues, including the Doha Development Agenda. This course is delivered, through a combination of lectures, co-lecturing with Academics and interactive exercises. The purpose is not to form specialists in each area of activity of the WTO but rather to ensure that participants are thoroughly exposed to all WTO-related matters.


The participants who successfully accomplish the program, which is accredited as a level two activity within the new progressive learning approach adopted by the WTO Secretariat, shall be entitled to attend to the three month advanced education program in Geneva.

The scope of the program is as follows:

International Trade and Trade Theory, Trade Finance, WTO Key Principles, Overview of Doha Development Agenda, Market Access, Non-Agricultural Market Access, Customs Issues, TRIPS, Standardization (Technical Barriers to Trade, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards), Trade Facilitation, Trade Remedies (Antidumping, Safeguards, Subsidies and countervailing duties), Trade in Services, Dispute Settlement, Regional Trade Agreements, Engaging with the Stake-holders in Policy Making.

Two roundtables will be organized during the RTPC. Those meetings will be open to public and mainly tackle the timely issues such as Trade, Energy and Environment, Regional Trade Agreements and Russia’s Membership to the WTO.

For detailed Information:    

Education Program Assistant
Başak Başoğlu

Phone: 0 212 311 51 64
E-mail: basak.basoglu@bilgi.edu.tr

For more information: http://gtad.wto.org/project.aspx?prjCode=RTPC12/6