Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang welcomed the selection of new projects for the WTO Chairs Programme. Eleven research and outreach projects were selected for funding following the extension of capacity building agreements with the Netherlands and France.
The projects selected are aimed at improving developing and least developing countries’ understanding of key issues relating to the WTO and trending topics in global trade, such as regional value chains and export diversification; sustainable economic recovery; trade, environment and the circular economy; e-commerce and digital trade; micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; and inclusive trade, including gender issues. Many of the projects will take the perspective of addressing these topics in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic environment.
The current list of institution Chairs is available here.