About the WTO Chairs Programme

Fostering research, training and outreach activities of relevance to governmental policymakers and other stakeholders at universities in developing countries and least developed countries.

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Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and DDG Xiangchen Zhang with participants of the Chairs Programme

Chairs Programme Conference concludes with call for enhanced cooperation with policymakers

27 July 2022

The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) concluded its three-day annual conference on 27 July, wrapping up fruitful discussions on a wide range of trade-rela

DDG Paugam calls on WTO Chairs Programme to contribute fresh ideas to food security debate

DDG Paugam calls on WTO Chairs Programme to contribute fresh ideas to food security debate

27 July 2022

Food security has increasingly taken centre stage at the WTO as members have explored next steps in agriculture reforms, Deputy Director-General Je

What people are saying

The WTO Chair at the University of Tunis helped build a network of trade researchers and experts all over the Middle East and North Africa. This vibrant ecosystem could not have been possible without the WTO Chairs program.

Lionel Fontagne
Director of the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, Professor of economics

The WTO Chairs Program has been instrumental in promoting South-South discussions of trade and cross-country learning. Case studies where it has been successful is in South Africa and Rwanda.

Richard Newfarmer
Country Director at International Growth Centre

The WTO Chairs programme is invaluable. Through the Chairs’ Outreach pillar, the chair holders familiarize stakeholders in developing countries with the WTO, bringing clarity to its role.

Clemens Boonekamp
Partner at Ideas Centre