RSIS-WTO Parliamentarian Workshop on International Trade 2018
The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS), S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) is organising a 3-day workshop for regional parliamentarians on international trade. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Temasek Foundation International and the WTO secretariat. The workshop will take place in Singapore from 7-9 May 2018. Participants will include up to 40 MPs from ASEAN, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
The programme is intended to increase the capacity of regional legislators to engage in international trade issues. This includes a deeper understanding of the WTO and current and future negotiating issues in international trade.
Each of these components is important, as parliamentarians have an important role to play in facilitating trade. Legislators must consider and ratify international agreements as well as ensure domestic implementation of all agreements reached at the international level. They also serve as a bridge between domestic audiences like business or consumer interests, and intergovernmental trade organizations like the WTO. Since the workshop includes individuals from around the region, it also provides participants with new opportunities for networking.
This is the nineth year that we have been able to offer this workshop for regional members of parliament in Asia.