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TC24-14

Title of the activity
Phase II - 2023/2024 Advanced Agriculture Notification Workshop
Activity Type
Thematic course/Workshop
Description
The Workshop is organized by the Agriculture and Commodities Division (AGCD) in cooperation with the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC). It is a Level 3 specialized training activity implemented within the WTO Progressive Learning Strategy and it represents the highest level of learning among WTO training activities. The Workshop offers specialized training to capital-based government officials with direct responsibility in the preparation and/or analysis of notifications under the Agreement on Agriculture.

The objectives are:

1) to enable Members to fulfil their agricultural notification and transparency obligations in a timely manner in line with the 'Notification Requirements and Formats' prescribed by the Committee on Agriculture (CoA) and those emanating from the ministerial outcomes under the agriculture negotiations; and
2) to increase the capacity of Members to examine agricultural notifications and participate in the review process of the CoA.

The 2023/24 edition of the workshop has been organized in two phases. The first phase took place virtually from 3-5 October 2023. In Phase I, participants had an overview of the notification requirements in the domain of agriculture. This included an in-depth examination of the requirements in the area of domestic support, which are one of the most complex and detailed notification obligations under the Agreement on Agriculture. Additionally, participants learned how to reply to the Export Competition Questionnaire, forming part of the Nairobi Export Competition Decision. Participants were also able to practice the preparation of notifications using the new online agriculture notifications system (AG-IMS).

The second phase, which is the subject of this activity request, will be carried out in-person, in Geneva during 15-17 October 2024. This phase of the workshop will cover the remaining notification requirements and will feature a 'notification clinic' where participants will be able to interact one-on-one with WTO Secretariat staff to discuss their draft notifications and specific notification-related issues. Phase II will also have a focus on the CoA review process where participants will also have the opportunity to interact with Geneva-based delegates in a panel discussion focused on the work of the Committee, including its review process and the importance of Members' compliance with their transparency obligations under the Agreement.

The Workshop will be delivered in English.
Venue
Switzerland
City
WTO
Trade topic
Agriculture
Start Date
End Date
Duration (days)
3
Pre-requisite
Only those participants that successfully completed Phase I of the workshop, and who also prepared a draft of at least one outstanding notification (or furnish the data/information necessary for the preparation of such a notification) will be able to participate in Phase II.
Target Audience
Government officials
Language
English
Application Deadline
27/05/2024
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about WTO Agreements, trade policy formulation and conduct of trade negotiations
Invited Members and Observers:
Angola
Azerbaijan
Belize
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Cameroon
Costa Rica
Fiji
Georgia
Guyana
India
Malaysia
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Pakistan
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Samoa
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Chinese Taipei
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
Vanuatu
Viet Nam
Zambia