As part of its efforts in capacity building of member states in trade, SESRIC organized in collaboration with Ministry in charge of Foreign Trade of the Kingdom of Morocco, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) a training workshop on “Trade in Services” for OIC Member States in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco on 22-24 March 2017. In addition, World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) were also partners of the event.
The objective of the workshop was to build capacity of OIC Member States to negotiate in the field of Trade in Services and to increase their capacity to promote trade in services at the OIC level, thus boosting intra-OIC trade and assisting OIC Member States to achieve relevant sustainable development goals.
The following countries took part in the seminar: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Palestine, Senegal, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia and Turkey. Experts from the following regional and international organizations also participated namely: the COMCEC Coordination Office, ICDT, SESRIC, IDB, League of Arab States (LAS), International Trade Center (ITC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
In their speech, representatives of the Minister in charge of Foreign Trade of the Kingdom of Morocco, the IDB, the SESRIC and the Director General of ICDT highlighted the importance of trade in services in global and intra-OIC trade as well as at the level of bilateral, regional and multilateral agreements. They also indicated the importance of the sector of services in regional economic integration through the implementation of the new generation of free trade agreements. The workshop recommended to Member States to integrate the services component into their bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations.