Botswana takes part in WTO dialogue

Government, civil society, business and media practioners from Botswana will next week join their colleagues from 10 other Southern African countries to participate in a World Trade Organisation (WTO) sub-regional trade dialogue.

The workshop, which is organised in conjunction with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), will take place from October 26-28 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The dialogue will be held under the theme “Current and Future Challenges for the Multilateral Trading System – Perspectives from Southern Africa”.

According to FES, the dialogue aims to develop a better understanding of the WTO and its role in the international trading system.

The dialogue serves as a platform for in-depth and critical discussion of Southern Africa’s experiences with the multilateral trade regime and its consequences for the region’s social and economic welfare. Apart from first-hand information on the ongoing preparations for the upcoming 10th WTO ministerial conference slated for December this year in Nairobi, WTO’s regular functions and responsibilities will be explained in further details. The implications of bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements will also be addressed.

Countries that will participate in the dialogue include; Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

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