Free course on international trade law and policy

The think tank of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (U-ACT), will run a four-day course on international trade law and policy designed to provide business with the right information and strategies in order to maximize opportunities and face the challenges of the global trading environment.

Now on its third year, the U-ACT’S Philippine Learning Center for Trade and Investment Policy (PLACE) will run its Institutionalization of Multi-Stakeholder Professional Learning and Universal Skills for Trade Policy and Negotiations (I-MUST PLUS) Curriculum, a non-degree professional development program on international trade law and policy on October 25-28 at the PCCI Training Room, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.

Ryan Patrick Evangelista, U-ACT executive director, said that this year’s curriculum will introduce an innovation with the introduction of three learning tracks: Track 1: Trade Policy Overview, Theories and Concepts; Track 2: Trade Policy Applications for Business and Competitiveness; and Track 3: Trade Policy Support Options for Business.

These would include lectures, case studies and analysis, practical exercises and dialogue with Philippine trade negotiators.

Each track will provide a broader and expansive learning processes that cuts across the understanding of theories and practical applications of trade policy tools for business growth and competitiveness.

The key topics include: Understanding International Trade and Economics Concepts: Statistics and Terminologies; Market Access in Goods; Trade in Services; Trade Tools for Business Competitiveness; Non-Tariff Barriers and Sanitary and PhytoSanitary Measures (SPS); Intellectual Property Rights (IPR); Rules of Origin and General System of Preference (GSP): Practical Application of Trade Preferences and Competitiveness; Competition Policy; Trade Support Tools for Business: Trade Remedies and Dispute Settlement Mechanism; Introduction to Regional Integration: ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN-China FTA, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA and dialogue with Philippine Trade Negotiators: a) Models on private sector consultations; b) Lessons from the Philippines-Japan FTA negotiations; and, c) Merits of PH-EU FTA and Trans-pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

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