Govt officials to undergo training by Raj-based NGO

Business Standard, August 17, 2008

Non-governmental think-tank on trade and regulatory issues CUTS will organise a training programme in Jaipur from August 18-21 for middle-level Indian government officials and business executives.

The training programme ‘Strengthening Skills on Commercial and Economic Diplomacy’ is supported by the Department of Commerce, Government of India and seeks to fill the vacuum that exists in terms of an absence of institutional base on commercial and economic diplomacy, CUTS said in a statement here today.

Governor of Rajasthan S K Singh would inaugurate the event which would seek to imbibe in the participants skills on commercial and economic diplomacy through lectures, simulation exercises, group discussions, among other things.

The programme would cover various aspects of commercial and economic diplomacy such as opportunities and challenges of India in the global economy in 2020, trade promotion activities from Uruguay Round to Doha Round and simulation exercises on trade and investment negotiations.

“It was felt that developing country representatives often do not perform at the same level of efficiency and effectiveness as their counterparts from developed countries in the application of various tools of commercial and economic diplomacy,” the statement said, adding such programmes are important in imparting government officials with the requisite knowledge and skills.

Former Indian Ambassador to the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) B K Zutshi, Former Commerce Secretary of India S N Menon, Senior Fellow, DiploFoundation and a former Indian Ambassador to Germany Kishan S Rana would be among few experts at the training programme.

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