The World Trade Organisation (WTO) launched the WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) in 2010 with the objective of strengthening knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics, citizens and policymakers in developing countries by stimulating teaching, research and outreach activities in relation to international trade and trade cooperation in universities and research institutions; The Chairs programme enables teams of trade experts on the ground in developing and least developed countries to conduct outreach among policymakers alongside curriculum development and training activities. The Trade Policy Training Centre (ESAMI-trapca) was admitted into the WCP in 2022 under phase III of the WCP after the ensuing rigorous selection process conducted by the WTO Secretariat with the participation of the WCP Advisory Board, 17 institutions were selected in the current phase. The WCP aims to enhance academic institutions’ expertise on WTO work and issues, with a view to improving research, teaching, as well as outreach to policymakers. These aims are expected to be achieved via i) Research on trade policy and WTO-related matters; ii) Courses with WTO content developed by WCP Chairs; iii) WTO Chairs’ research disseminated to policymakers and other stakeholders; iv) the Number of students trained on WTO work and issues.
WTO Chair holders on behalf of ESAMI-trapca are Dr Caiphas Chekwoti , Head of Centre (WTO Chair) and Tsotetsi Makong , Trade Law and Trade Facilitation expert (co-Chair).
WTO Chairs Programme pillars
Research on trade policy and WTO-related matters generated by the WCP
Research on trade policy and WTO-related matters in the following categories: Books, book chapters, articles published in academic journals, working papers, and a number of theses completed under the Chair’s or Chair’s team member’s supervision.
WCP Chairs’ activities relating to the development of trade-related courses for students and other stakeholders, including government officials, researchers, and private sector professionals. There are two indicators for this output:
WTO Chairs’ research disseminated to policymakers and other stakeholders.