20 Feb 2017

WTI delivers trade negotiation training in Nepal

The WTI - through its trainers Dr Koen Berden and Dr Christian Häberli – gave a three-day course in Nepal on 'Trade Negotiations with a focus on Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trade Negotiations' on 6-8 February.

The training was organised by Nepal's Ministry of Commerce, supported by GIZ, the German agency for international cooperation. Over the three days, the participants were taught about the WTO multilateral framework in general and about sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT) in particular.

The concepts of Trade 2.0, global value chains and deeper FTAs (not just tariffs but also various non-tariff measures) were introduced and discussed. On the final day the participants took part in mock trade negotiations, e.g. on rules of origin and on European Union market access for Nepali medicinal and aromatic plants.

In their feedback the participants indicated they had learned much that was relevant for their jobs and expressed an interest in further training on specific issues.