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E-learning course ‘Resolving contentious trade issues’ now accepting applications

A second edition of the e-learning course “Resolving agricultural trade issues through international and regional trade-related agreements in the Commonwealth of Independent States” is now open for registration with a deadline of 25 March. 

The course, offered by FAO and UNITAR, was taken by 120 participants in June 2015. Due to high demand, the course is now being offered again to qualified applicants interested in international trade law. 

Participants of the previous course included government officials primarily from Ministries of trade, economy and agriculture, and legal professionals dealing with agricultural trade disputes. They rated both the format and content of the course highly, with three quarters of all participants saying that they would apply their new knowledge and skills on the job. In the post-course survey, many respondents said that the most effective parts of the training were the discussion fora where they could exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues in the region. 

The course is designed to equip trade practitioners with a better understanding of the rules and procedures for resolving trade disputes over agricultural products – in the WTO and other mechanisms that are available under global and regional agreements. It covers the different binding and non-binding mediation and dispute settlement tools, and proper application of trade rules affecting import and export of agricultural and food products. 

“While a lot of the information in this course focuses on resolving trade disagreements,” said FAO trade economist and course mentor Ekaterina Krivonos, “our main goal is to generate better understanding of available instruments that precede formal disputes, in order to avoid them altogether.” 

Registration for the online course – which will take place during April – is open from now and until 25 March, through the course website. 

15 March 2016, Budapest, Hungary 

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