Friday, 11 April 2008

The Role of the WTO Centers in APEC Region

All blog readers who happen to be in Singapore on the 23rd are most welcome to attend.

School of Law cordially invites you to
The Role of the WTO Centers in APEC Region
Mr Takashi Iwamoto
Executive Director
Fair Trade Center
Institute for International Trade and Investment
23 April 2008, Wednesday
10.30am to 11.30am
School of Acc & Law Building
Level 4, Meeting Room 4.1

It is important to establish WTO centers in APEC region to support and promote the WTO trading system. The purposes of the WTO center are as follows:

* as a Focal Point for information on the WTO
* as a Center for consultation on trade issues
* as a Center for WTO capacity building

More specific objectives are:

* An antenna for trade issues by gathering up-to-date and accurate information
* An information network and data bank
* A communication channel between government and industry
* An advisor to companies on trade issues
* A consultant in preparation for petition filing (AD)
* A supporter in WTO-related actions (DS)
* A center for WTO studies
* A center for WTO capacity building

A well coordinated network of the WTO Centers is also important for effective activities.

* Create a network of the WTO centers in Asia and Asia Pacific to promote collaboration and better understanding of the WTO system
* Asian WTO Research Network can support the networking activities of the WTO centers

About the Speaker(s)

Please refer to attached Curriculum Vitae for more details.

Kindly register with Melissa Chang via email by 21 April 2008, Monday. Attendance is by registration only.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

Yours sincerely,

Office of the Dean
School of Law
Singapore Management University

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