Presentation on theme: "1 National agricultural Policy Center (NAPC) The Operation of Trade and Trade Policy Division (TPD) By: Isam Ismail TPD's Coordinator Damascus, May 11,"— Presentation transcript:
1 National agricultural Policy Center (NAPC) The Operation of Trade and Trade Policy Division (TPD) By: Isam Ismail TPD's Coordinator Damascus, May 11, 2005
2 Mission: Research on the integration of Syrian agriculture in the world economy Bilateral and regional agreements (EU, individual Arab countries) WTO Accession. Trade policies analysis (International and Domestic). Proposed approach Skill building (learning-by-doing). Focus on the production on new knowledge on the effects and policy options related to trade reforms in Syria Links with other NAPC Divisions’ Target public (policy makers, private sector, academics).
3 2005 Workplan Objectives – –Enhance skills and capacities of the NAPC's staff. – –Establish links with the international research community. – –Support to the Syrian general debate on trade reforms. – –Support the GoS in the technical aspects of international trade negotiations.
4 Activities Skill development activities Review Papers (RP) Review Papers (RP) Evaluating Information Sources Evaluating Information Sources Research and institutional activities Periodical Report (SAT 2005 including SI) Periodical Report (SAT 2005 including SI) Policy Support Activities (TPB, CMB, WTO) Policy Support Activities (TPB, CMB, WTO) Publication of paper on GAFTA Seminars (Internal seminar and AP forum)
7 Division Staff/Topics Mahmoud Babbili –Multilateral trade negotiations and Agricultural policies in the developed economies Yasser Al Essa –Free trade agreements and regional agreements Isam Ismail –Trade policy options for developing countries and in the Syrian Arab Republic Hajar Baghasa –Non-tariff barriers Basheer Al Hamwi –Public regulations on export marketing
8 Performed Activities SAT 2004. Start working on SAT 2005 with SI “Syrian-EU Association agreement”. Review Papers (RP). Policy Briefs (PB).
9 Special Issue/Syrian-EU Association Agreement Introduction 1 Other Countries Experience 2 Syria and Barcelona Process 2.1. EU-Syria co-operation 2.2. Negotiations for an Association Agreement 3 EU-Syria Trade Relation 3.1. Agricultural Exports 3.2. Agricultural Imports 4 The Syrian-EU Association Agreement 4.1. General provisions 4.2. Provisions affecting the agricultural sector 4.3. Agricultural provisions in detail 5 Expected impacts 6 Policy recommendations
10 Review Paper (RP) Mahmoud Babbili: Negotiations' Position of the Main trading partners and their Rationale Isam Ismail: The Impacts of Agricultural Trade Liberalization on Development (Lessons for Syria) Hajar Baghasa: Non-tariff barriers and Syrian Government Procedures towards Trade Liberalization Basheer Hamwi: Main Determinant Factors of the Export Success Yasser Al Essa: Is it possible to classify countries according to the size and forms of agricultural support
11 Policy Briefs Exporting in Syria: business environment, trade reform and promotion activities (Basheer). Non-tariff barriers in Great Arab free Trade Area (Hajar). The WTO negotiations: Will developing countries benefit from a new agreement? (Mahmoud) The Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement” Is it worth for Syria?” (Yasser) Trade policy reform in Syria, what has changed? (Isam)
12 Remarks More Training especially in technical issues Internet efficiency Members number and rearranging the workplan Trade data from (GDC) SAT reviewing