9 Dec 2021

WTI-COMESA Training Course on Trade in Services has successfully concluded

The WTI and COMESA have conducted a training course for COMESA member states aimed at strengthening human and policy-making capacities on Trade in Services. The course took place virtually from 6 until 8 December 2021.

The course was attended by trade and trade law experts from member states that deal in multilateral, regional and sub-regional trade negotiations. The aim of this course was to sharpen their skills in analysis, formulation and implementation of Trade in Services policy frameworks.

The training was designed to widen participants knowledge on the key concepts and legal obligations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), the COMESA Regulations on Trade in Services, and the Protocol on Trade in Services under the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Two leading experts of the WTI's External Faculty, Dr Jan Bohanes and Pierre Sauvé, who will also be teaching their course on the Law and Policy of Trade in Services in the upcoming edition of the WTI's Winter Academy, conducted the training, which broadly covered economics, law and policy of trade in services. Critical topics covered included the importance of trade in services to the economy and its potential for enhancing exports within the region and globally.

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