By Godson Umejiego, Correspondent USA
The WTO launched on February 10 an online portal to allow individuals to apply online for trade-related technical assistance and training activities. The courses are designed to help government officials and others, such as parliamentarians, strengthen their understanding of trade-related issues.
The new online tool is available via the WTO’s Technical Assistance Management System, which contains information on the targeted audience for each activity and the eligible candidates.
Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah, who oversees development matters in the WTO, said: “The WTO Secretariat is continuing its efforts to modernize the design and enhance the flexibility of the Technical Assistance Management System. This new portal will allow trade officials to apply directly for the WTO’s technical assistance and training activities, which will help them acquire the essential skills and knowledge to effectively participate in international trade.”
“The new interface will be a useful tool to ease future participants’ access to the WTO’s planned activities, thus contributing to enhancing the effectiveness of the system. Technical assistance activities are essential to help us build the necessary expertise to carry out our functions at the highest standards,” said Armando Enrique Pelaez (Cuba), who participated in the Young Professionals Programme in 2020.