South and South-West Asia Development Monitor Number 8, 15 September 2012
The Development Monitor is a bimonthly electronic newsletter, launched in early 2012 (issued on a monthly basis initially), which provides an overview of the work and activities undertaken by the ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office and conferences and knowledge products of relevance to the subregion. The newsletter also provides a compilation of news and articles on themes covered by the ESCAP SSWA work programme.
Key stakeholders involved in Afghanistan’s WTO membership accession met in New Delhi on 22 to 24 August 2012 to explore essential features of trade policy and regulations that determine the export competitiveness of businesses. The workshop gathered 22 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan, the International Trade Department as well as the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Capacity-building Programme for WTO Accession of Afghanistan was organized as part of the ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office’s mandate jointly with the International Trade Center, a subsidiary organization of the WTO, to initiate a well-informed and structured policy dialogue between key players of Afghanistan’s WTO accession, by addressing knowledge-gaps and related trade policy and development issues.