Timeline: 2009 – 2010
Donors: Switzerland (SECO), EU-Vietnam MUTRAP III
In 2009 and 2010, IDEAS Centre organised three briefings for high-level decision-makers and trade negotiators from various relevant Ministries of the Vietnamese Government. These briefings aimed at giving the opportunity to participate in a one-week training course in Geneva and proposed to:
- Have better understanding of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in particular the Secretariat (roles, functions etc.), the negotiating mechanisms and various interest groups of the WTO;
- Provide updated information on the results of the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference and on recent developments of the Doha Round, particularly those of interest for Viet Nam (negotiations on agriculture, NAMA, services, investment, anti-dumping rules etc.);
- Learn best practices and experiences in multilateral economic/trade negotiations;
- Introduce the Vietnamese officials to the mechanisms of negotiations, including the groupings and alliances, in particular those applicable to developing countries;
- Coach the Vietnamese officials on negotiation strategies and tactics;
- Provide updated overall information on the world economy, global trade and related issues from a theoretical and practical perspective;
- Build a network with the WTO, Member States officials and representatives of various international and academic organisations in Geneva and Switzerland.
“IDEAS Centre organised three briefings for high-level decision-makers and trade negotiators from various relevant Ministries of the Vietnamese Government.”
The modules of the training were presented by selected high-level WTO Secretariat staff, key WTO delegations, experts from research institutes, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector.
IDEAS Centre was responsible for designing the training programme, identifying key speakers, arranging one-on-one meetings with WTO specialists and high-level representatives from the Swiss Government and preparing background course material.
In May 2010, IDEAS Centre organised a similar training course focusing on the mechanism of dispute settlement. To see the programme, please click here.