Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi conferred certificates upon completion of a two year program for Trade policy and strategy formulation and implementation organized by the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), under a project with the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) on 20 April, 2018 in New Delhi.

In a bid to deepen the understanding of the participants on the fundamentals and basics of the concept rules and regulation of WTO and application in the practical context, a two year program for Trade policy and strategy formulation and implementation is provided to a batch of 20 Afghan officials from Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Afghanistan), Afghan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Kabul University.

Afghan Ambassador, during his speech at the event, noted upon the significance of building Afghanistan’s trade-related capacities for its effective and meaningful participation in world trade, and added: “I am glad to witness Afghanistan taking another step forward to stand on its own feet”.

Dr. Abdali further stated that “Now we are at the advanced stage, the stage of negotiation as a full member of WTO. We are developing negotiation skills to match to a level in the context of WTO with the rest of the world.”

It is worth mentioning that the introductory training programme was held from 9-30 October, 2017 covering a host of subjects such as Trade and IPR, Trade in Services, Non-Tariff Measures, Trade Disputes, Trade Remedies, and Trade Data.

The event was accompanied by the Economic Counsellor, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi.


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