Aug 09

The Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT), a department of the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, hosted a World Trade Organization (WTO) Advanced Trade Negotiations Simulation Skills Training from August 5th-9th, 2019 in Belize City.

The objective of the training was to enhance the negotiating skills of government officials by deepening their understanding of how the concept works in practice. It provided them with the skills and knowledge regarding the development of appropriate strategies and tactics for the conduct of trade negotiations, as well as systematic decision analysis techniques for the monitoring and management of the negotiating process.

This training is a result of assistance secured from the WTO Institute for Training & Technical Cooperation (ITTC). It serves to strengthen national technical capacity to ensure Belize’s effective participation in trade negotiations at the multilateral and bilateral level, through the formulation of adequate policy positions and robust negotiation strategies that effectively convey and secure Belize’s trade and development interests.

Professor Dickson Yeboah, representative of the WTO, facilitated the training which commenced with an opening ceremony on Monday, August 5, 2019. Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton delivered the opening remarks.