Seminar on Canadian Studies - EAFIT/CTPLFrom March 10th through the 13th EAFIT University hosted a seminar led by Yasir Naqvi, Associate Director and International Trade Counsel at Canadian Virtual Institute (Vi) member, the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL). The seminar was sponsored by the Canadian Studies Centre in coordination with the Department of International Business at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.

This seminar was made possible by the joint project between EAFIT University and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (Carleton University) sponsored by the UNCTAD Vi last summer. The partnership helped create a link of academic cooperation between the two institutions with the objective of adapting important concepts analyzed within the Program in Trade Law and Commercial Diplomacy (CTPL) for EAFIT audiences.

The seminar focused on the role of Canada under the World Trade Organization (WTO) system, its trade relations with Colombia and South America and the importance of the dispute settlement mechanism for trade controversies within the current WTO scenario.

During the seminar, Naqvi, who is also parliamentarian at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, shared his experience in international trade and investment law, and discussed matters relating to WTO agreements and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Another invited lecturer was Pilar Cerón, a consultant to Analdex, UNCTAD and the World Bank on issues related to foreign investment and service trading. She works as a consultant to the Office of Foreign Investment and Services attached to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. She also works as a professor in the Faculty of Economics at Vi affiliate member, Universidad Del Rosario.

Together, Naqvi and Cerón addressed the following topics: DOHA Rounds negotiations and Canada; negotiation of a bilateral investment treaty between Colombia and Canada; Canada: Domestic issues and international policy: A parliamentary perspective (workshop with students of International Negotiation and North America Studies) and the Dispute settlement resolution and international trade negotiations.