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Regional Workshop:

Agriculture related Issues in the Preparation for Accession to the WTO

 

Under the patronage of Dr. Adel Safar Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the National Agricultural Policy Center (NAPC) in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), organized a Regional Workshop on " Agriculture-related Issues in the Preparation for Accession to the WTO” at its premises in Damascus, on 26-28 October 2008.
Joining World Trade Organization (WTO) is supposed to generate commercial gains, providing certain commitments are met to comply with WTO laws and regulations. On the other hand, WTO accession may create potential risks. In order to mitigate these risks countries should be prepared for effective participation in accession negotiations. This requires familiarization with regulations, procedures, and the applied conventions of the organization, in addition to benefit from experiences and lessons of acceding members.

 

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Press release (PDF)

Address book for participants (PDF)

Presentations:

 

Countries in the Process of Accession to the WTO: Major Agriculture and Food Security Issues. Dr. Nasredin Elamin, FAO . Available in English (En)

 (ppt 300Kb)
 

Recent Developments in the Doha Round of WTO Negotiations on Agriculture. Dr. Waleed El-Nozahy/ Ministry of Foreign Trade, Egypt . Available in Arabic (Ar)
(ppt 300Kb)

 

WTO Agreement on Agriculture: Review of the legal provisions of the Agreement. Mr. Hamish Smith, WTO. (En)

(ppt 400Kb)

 

WTO Agreement on Agriculture: Review of the commitments undertaken by the Recently-Acceded Members; and Potential implications for trade and agriculture. Mr. Ralf Peters, UNCTAD. (En)

(ppt 1.5Mb)

 

SPS Agreement: Review of the legal provisions of the Agreement and the implementation. Mr. Victor Mosoti, FAO. (En)

(ppt 90Kb)

 

TBT Agreement: Review of the legal provisions of the Agreement and the implementation. Mr. Hamish Smith, WTO. (En)

(ppt 300Kb)

 

TRIPS Agreement: Review of the legal provisions of the Agreement and National implementation of plant varieties.
Mr. Victor Mosoti, FAO & Mr. Hamish Smith, WTO. (En)

(ppt 200Kb)

 

Recently Acceded Members from the Near East: experience and lessons learned.
 Dr. Mr. Abdullah Al Obeid, Saudi Arabia. (Ar)

(ppt 260Kb)

 

Jordan Accession to WTO. Mr. Ziad Jaradat, Jordan.(Ar)

(ppt 260Kb)

 

The Case of Syria in the Process of Accession to the WTO.
Mr. Atieh El Hindi, NAPC. (Ar)

(ppt 190Kb)

 

Overview of Agricultural Trade Databases & Analytical Tools. Mr. Ralf Peters, UNCTAD. (En)

(ppt 1.90Mb)

 
 
 
 
 
     
     
     

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