MCI organising workshop on local subsidies and countervailing measures of WTO
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) is organising a workshop on local subsidies and the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) countervailing measures as part of strategy to empower the local talents regarding this.
This comes as part of the ministry’s efforts to build the technical capacities of the employees specialised in WTO agreements, support and protect national products, and to train employees on the mechanism of applying countervailing measures. The workshop, which is being conducted with the participation of experts from the MCI, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the General Authority of Customs and the Qatar Chamber, aims at familiarising authorities concerned with the different forms of subsidies that could be offered by the public sector to the private sector and local producers under the WTO’s agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures as well as the procedures that could be taken to protect domestic producers from competing imported subsidised products and to bolster the competitiveness of national products.
Sharif Kushkin, an expert at the Geneva-based WTO, will address several topics including an overview of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and their definition, identifying permitted and prohibited subsidies under the WTO agreement, exceptions when it comes to developing countries and the role of subsidies within the WTO system. It tackles the impact and repercussions of subsidised imported products on local products and the resulting damage to both production value and market competitiveness.
It also seeks to shed light on the measures that could be taken to mitigate this damage by resorting to the WTO Dispute Settlement Gateway or by imposing protective measures to protect national products as well as the legal mechanisms to implement such measures without violating the WTO rules.
The workshop is being conducted with the participation of experts from the MCI, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the General Authority of Customs and the Qatar Chamber