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Enhancing Capacity of WTO Focal Points on Compliance Issues-I

Nepal has made a number of commitments during its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Nepal has complied with many of the commitments it has made, but is yet to comply with a number of others. In this context, the role of WTO focal points is extremely important in understanding these various commitments and in complying with them. They should be taking the lead in complying with the WTO commitments that fall under their jurisdiction. More importantly, they should ensure that complying with the commitments will balance the country’s international obligations with the rights and welfare of its citizens.

In order to enhance the capacity of WTO focal points to comply with the country’s commitments at the WTO, SAWTEE, in cooperation with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Ministry of Commerce of Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal, organized a two day programme on “Enhancing capacity of WTO focal points on compliance issues-I” during 4-5 April 2011 in Nagarkot. Twenty four WTO focal points and other officials from various Ministries and departments of the Government of Nepal attended the programme.

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