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Workshop on the WTO Accession of Iraq
16 - 17 November 2017
Building A, Salle XV
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

On 16 November (10 a.m.–1 p.m.) the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch (TNCDB), within the UNCTAD Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities (DITC), will host an information and experience sharing session on WTO accession negotiations for an Iraqi delegation. Headed by Mr. Adel Khudir Abbas, Director General, Foreign Economic Relations Department, in his capacity as Deputy Chair of Iraq’s National Committee on WTO accession, the delegation is composed of 10 officials from different Iraqi line ministries and government institutions. Experts and representatives from recently acceded Arab countries will share their respective countries' accession experiences with the members of the Iraqi negotiating team.

Presentations in this session will be made by Ms. Hilda Ali Rashid AL-HINAI, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Oman to the UN in Geneva, Mr. Ahmad Khalil N. HAMMAD, Economic Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Jordan to the UN and Mr. Nagib HAMIM, Attaché, Commercial Affairs, Permanent Mission of Yemen to the UN in Geneva.

Objective of the visit

The visit is part of UNCATD technical assistance and capacity building activities in the area of WTO accession provided to Iraq under a joint programme with UNIDO and funded by SIDA (Sweden). The delegation will meet on the 17 November with Mrs. Isabelle Durant, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary General to discuss future UNCTAD support to the accession process of Iraq to the WTO. It will also have a series of meetings with other Geneva based concerned international organization including the WTO where it is due attend an informal meeting of the Working Party on the accession of Iraq to the WTO, to be organized by the WTO Accession Division.

UNCTAD Technical assistance activities delivered for Iraq

With UNCTAD assistance Iraq has been able to achieve the following accession objectives:

  • review and update of its Memorandum on Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR) which was also translated, under the supervision of UNCTAD experts from Arabic into English;
  • preparation and review of its draft initial market access offer in goods and transpose it from HS 2002 to HS 2012;
  • preparation and review of its draft initial offer on Services.
  • The Iraqi negotiating team has been coached by UNCTAD experts and received training courses on WTO issues and on trade negotiation skills and techniques, organized on a regular basis of 02 workshops per year from 2013- 2015.


Mr. Kheireddine Ramoul Kheireddine.Ramoul@unctad.org
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