Countries have increasingly moved from negotiating narrow-scope preferential trade agreements to more comprehensive economic partnership agreements (CEPAs). Such agreements cover not only traditional trade in goods issues such as tariff liberalization, but also issues such as technical barriers, investment measures, services trade and e-commerce. The inclusion of these issues presents challenges for developing countries, many of which lack staff sufficiently familiar with both the substance of these issues and their negotiating modalities. This course is designed to help trade officials from developing countries to better understand these issues, so that they can more effectively deal with them during CEPA negotiation.
The course is conducted as a facilitated online e-learning course. The course consists of 5 pre-recorded modules (approximately 45 min each) and two interactive sessions. Following an introductory module on CEPAs, the course features 4 modules on (1) technical barriers to trade, (2) investment measures, (3) services trade and (4) e-commerce. For each module, the participants are expected to complete the readings first, then watch the recorded video presentations (see Annex). The participants are then expected to take online quizzes associated with the course material and attend the two live sessions. Note that this course is offered for the first time on a pilot basis and participants are requested to kindly note down any feedback to the content of the course and quizzes for improvement. Two live sessions to discuss the content and ask any clarification questions are offered to participants who will have gone through the pre-recorded sessions and attempted all quizzes. Upon attending the live sessions, providing feedback and passing the quizzes, participants will get a certificate of completion for the course.
About the course facilitator
Henry Gao is Associate Professor of Law at Singapore Management University School of Law. His research areas include WTO, International Trade Law, Chinese Law and Law and Economics. He worked in Geneva as a lawyer at the WTO Secretariat as well as at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he served as the Deputy Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program, the flagship program for WTO-related activities at HKU. Henry Gao is a member of Advisory Board of WTO Chairs Programme, a member of the E15 Initiative. He obtained J.D degree from Vanderbilt University in 2002.
Registration deadline is 27 April 2021 11:59 PM Indochina Time (GMT+7)