Tanzania's University of Dar-es-Salaam (http://www.udsm.ac.tz/) conducted a trade negotiations simulation focusing on "Trade as a tool for development" at the Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre July 17 - 29.
The Trade Negotiations Simulation Project is one of the key components of the professional Master of International Trade Degree Programme of the university's Faculty of Commerce and Management (http://fcm.udsm.ac.tz/). It aims at enhancing the practical skills of the Fellows with regard to the management of trade negotiations.
Particular emphasis is placed on the saliencies of the WTO Trade Ministers Conferences, Mini-Ministerials, and Geneva negotiations process.
"It has been an eye opener to all of us as we fully participated in the negotiations based on the Doha Development Agenda and affirmed by both the July Package and the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration. We have noted that deadlocks in negotiations are normal life!" said H.E. Ernest Mnzava, known in the negotiations exercise as the Ambassador of Chingso (Taiwan).
The skills obtained through the simulation exercise are also relevant for trade negotiations in regional and inter-regional trading blocs.
"The simulations have exposed us to experiences under which real negotiations at bilateral as well as multilateral level take place. We now are more than ready (if given a chance) to play an active and effective role in real negotiations to represent trade and development related interests and concerns of and developing countries. Issues pertaining to Agriculture, NAMA and Trade Facilitation are critical if win-win integration of the developing countries and LDCs in the world trading system is to be achieved," said H.E. Pastory Masomhe, known as Ambassador of Saironia (), and Spokesperson for developing countries & LDCs.
In the project, the Fellows are divided into “national” delegations of approximately equal sizes, for the purpose of simulating the preparations for and conducting of WTO trade negotiations. Considering the significance of preparing negotiation positions in the management of negotiations, the simulation exercise is an independent component of the professional Master of International Trade Degree Programme that carries 6 units (equivalent to 7.7 percent of the degree units). Hence, the project lasts for at least 92 contact hours (equivalent to two courses or 12 contact days). The grading of the simulation exercise is comprised of the evaluation of the prepared negotiations documents, and practical conduct of the bilateral and multilateral negotiations.
The Trade Negotiations Simulation Project is organized by the Faculty of Commerce and Management, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania in Geneva, and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing.