The Ministry of Business and Trade yesterday launched a workshop to educate and provide technical support to public and private sector institutions on WTO conventions and the global trading system - the GATS Treaty.

The three-day workshop revolving around the General Trade on Agreements in Services (GATS) was organised by the International Co-operation and Trade Agreements Department of the ministry in collaboration with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The GATS Treaty was created to extend the multilateral trading system to the service sector.

During the seminar, WTO experts will clarify issues related to the general agreement on trade in services, which is one of the WTO agreements, in addition to the negotiations related to the organisation and the ways of regional integration in terms of trade in services, with a special focus on some of the sectors of importance to the State of Qatar.

Nearly 30 officials are participating in the workshop titled “general agreement on trade in services”, from the Ministry of Business and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Central Bank, Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Company.

Many practical and interactive exercises will take place during the workshop in collaboration between the WTO experts and the participants in the seminar.

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