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WTO and WTO-IICA Reference Centers: Information Services for Latin America and the Caribbean

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San José, Costa Rica
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Technical forum: WTO and WTO-IICA Reference Centers. Information Services for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Costa Rica Time)

Information: Adriana Campos

Location: IICA Headquarters in San José, Costa Rica.

Objective: To present the services available at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Reference Center to IICA member countries.

Addressed to: Specialists in the IICA delegations in all 34 IICA member countries, Ministries of Agriculture, Ministries of Trade, academic community and private sector.

Topics to be discussed: Information resources available at the WTO Reference Centers for collection of data concerning international agricultural trade.

Methodology: Online, by videoconference using webcast or webex.

Languages: Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation into English.


Costa Rica TimeActivitySpeakers
08:00 - 08:15Registration of participants
08:15 - 08:30InaugurationLloyd Day, Deputy Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration of IICA. Gerardo Thielen, Head of the World Trade Organization Reference Centers (WTO).
08:30 - 09:00Session 1
The WTO Reference CentersGerardo Thielen, Head of the WTO Research Centers
WTO-IICA Reference CenterAdriana Campos, Trade Specialist and Coordinator of the WTO-IICA Reference Center
09:00 - 09:30Session 2
Trade Related Information available at the WTO Reference Centers Marcelo Vega, Statistics Officer at The WTO Economic Research and Statistics Division.
09:30 - 09:45Questions and comments
09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:30Session 3
Exchange of experiences with some WTO Reference Centers in member countries of IICA.Maura Muralles de Pineda, WTO Reference Center in Guatemala. Nathalie Murielle Bordas, Urquhart, WTO Reference Center in Paraguay. Jocelyn Sherry, WTO Reference Center In St. Vincent And The Grenadines.
10:30-10:45Closing remarks and ceremony


  • Gerardo Thielen, Head of the WTO Research Centers. A former Venezuelan diplomat, Mr Gerardo Thielen served on trade, economic, and political matters, and subsequently specialized in multilateral trade issues.  As a diplomat Mr Thielen was posted in Caracas, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Canada (Vancouver and Ottawa), the US (Miami) and Geneva (as a delegate to the GATT/WTO). Mr Thielen joined the WTO Secretariat in August 1998 as Senior Training Officer. Subsequently developed WTO academic cooperation programmes, and launched both the WTO Chairs and the Academic Support programmes. Mr Thielen is currently responsible for the WTO Reference Centres (RC) and Academic Support (ASP) programmes at the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation. Mr Thielen holds a BA Degree in Diplomacy and completed a MA in Economic Diplomacy.
  • Adriana Campos, Trade Specialist and Coordinator of the WTO-IICA Reference Center. She is a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with an emphasis on International Trade. She has worked at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) since 2010 as a Specialist in Trade Policies and Negotiations with IICA’s Agribusiness and Commercialization Program. She is currently the coordinator of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Reference Center at IICA. She served as a trade negotiator for Costa Rica for five years, focusing on issues such as market access and agriculture. She also has eight years of teaching experience in different universities in Costa Rica.
  • Marcelo Vega, WTO Division. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, he has worked as a Statistics Officer at the WTO’s Economic Research and Statistics Division since 2005. Prior to his present appointment, he worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is primarily responsible for all matters related to the Consolidated Tariff Schedule (CTS) database, its development, regulation and maintenance; for revising the transposition of developing countries’ tariff schedules to the latest nomenclature; for revising the CTS files of developed countries; and for providing assistance to delegates of official missions. He also provides technical assistance on the databases and online tools that the WTO makes available to its Member countries and to the general public via the Internet (TAO, TDF, I-TIP).
  • Maura Muralles de Pineda, Coordinator of the WTO Reference Center in Guatemala. She works at the Ministry of the Economy in Guatemala, specifically at the Center for Business Promotion and Development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and worked for 10 years as Director-Coordinator of the Center for Business Promotion and Development, of the Ministry of the Economy. She is a Public Sector Regional Specialist in trade facilitation and market access and partnerships.
  • Nathalie Bordas-Urquhart, WTO Reference Center in Paraguay. She is a Paraguayan citizen and is currently working as a Project Manager with the Paraguayan Industrial Union (UIP). She graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio of Janeiro and holds a specialization in Project Management from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), as well as a specialization in International Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration (IIAP) in Paris. She previously worked at the UIP in the areas of International Negotiations and Cooperation, and Protocol and International Cooperation. She has extensive experience as a public sector consultant and has served in several Ministries, including Industry, Foreign Relations and Public Health, where she worked on topics related to international organizations, project coordination and strengthening management capabilities.
  • Sherry Jocelyn, WTO Reference Center in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She works as Trade Information Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Technology of Saint Vincent and the Granadines. She is  responsible for organising and maintaining a system for collecting, storing and retrieving trade information and materials. Also assists in the production of materials and programmes for public information. The responsibility to maintain the WTO Reference Centre and assist in the dissemination of information for public consumption falls within her scope of work as well. Mrs. Sherry is also responsible for managing the email system for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, maintain the Ministry’s web page and assist in the operating and maintenance of all IT related components for the Ministry.

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