Workshop Series on Trade Negotiation: Institutional Arrangements

September 10, 2020


Phnom Penh

To holistically and sustainably build trade negotiation capacity of Cambodia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), the ARISE Plus Cambodia is delivering a series of five capacity building workshops for government officials from relevant ministries who are involved in trade negotiations.

The first workshop focused on regional exchange of experience on institutional arrangements for trade negotiations. About a hundred officials from relevant ministries and business associations attended this two-day training. The training was co-created with H.E. Sok Sopheak (pictured above), the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce and Cambodia’s lead negotiator for the WTO accession in 2004 and the China free trade agreement in 2020.

On September 11, experienced negotiators from Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore shared information about how their governments organize themselves for trade negotiations and offered lessons learned for their Cambodian counterparts.

The second and third workshops will be in experiential training format and aim to equip participants with knowledge and skills to prepare and conduct trade negotiations. The fourth workshop will be devoted to a 'deep-dive' into technical topics which arise during the earlier trainings. The fifth workshop will focus on sustainable capacity building on trade negotiations for the next generation of Cambodian trade negotiators.

There is also a sixth session in the series for the government and private sector, considering how Cambodian negotiators can best facilitate public consultations with the private sector and other key stakeholders.

The workshop series is delivered by a team of master trainers, led by the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, a joint initiative of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. See for more information on the lead trainers, Mr Phil Rourke and Ms Rosemina Nathoo.

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