The fifth Virtual Institute study tour for Colombia gathered 33 students, accompanied by seven lecturers, from seven Colombian universities (*) in Geneva November 18-22 for a one-week training programme on trade in services.
In the past years, the tours have covered South-South cooperation and Non-Tariff Measures in addition to topics on trade and development. This year’s programme was designed together with UNCTAD's Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch to feature trade in services a sector becoming increasingly important for developing countries.
“I learned that the joint work with government, private sector and other institutions is paramount in the process of defining an appropriate framework for services,” commented one of the participants.
| Monday, November 18|
| Tuesday, November 19|
- Regulatory and institutional frameworks for services reforms, Bruno Antunes, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD
- Transport, logistics services and developing countries, Vincent Valentine, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
- Colombia's trade policy, H.E. Gabriel Duque, Ambassador, Mission of Colombia to the WTO
- WTO, trade in services and the role of Colombia, Alfredo Ramos, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of Colombia to the WTO
| Wednesday, November 20|
- Professional services and developing countries, Bruno Antunes, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD
- National Services Policy Reviews, Bruno Antunes, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD
- Investment, global value chains and TNCs in services, Noelia Garcia Nebra, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
- WTO disciplines, Uruguay Round commitments and current negotiations on services, Martin Roy, Trade in Services Division, WTO
| Thursday, November 21|
| Friday, November 22|