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Afternoon Break-out session 2. Mentoring System. Implementation Secretariat would call for nominations The secretariat would then match up mentors with receiving members.

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Mentoring System

  • Implementation

  • Secretariat would call for nominations

  • The secretariat would then match up mentors with receiving members.

  • Up to the members to develop the working mentoring relationship. The secretariats only other role would be if there were issues that needed resolving and at the annual review time.

  • Timeline for set-up – this would depend on the secretariats work load.


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Mentoring System

  • may well be more receiving members than mentoring members

  • should not be restricted to developed members as some developing members are operating successful NNA’s & NEP’s.

  • possibility of a regional approach which could look at mentoring a regional organisation that encompasses several developing members eg: see Kenya.

  • mentoring is not about just training it is more about developing a supportive relationship where receiving members have a place to go to get advice and possible solutions on difficulties they maybe having in operating their NNA & NEP successfully.


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Practical procedural manual

  • Important to keep it simple with a standard checklist of processes, previous documents have been too complicated for members to use when they are endeavouring to set up their NNA & NEP’s.

  • New Zealand and Australia have undertaken to complete the manual prior to the next SPS Committee meeting in Feb 2008.

  • On completion it should be available on the WTO site with the idea that it can be used not only in its own right but as a template for members to develop their own specific manual.


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Raise awareness

  • In dealing with Transparency issues raising awareness in the political and the public sector is very important. Convincing the governments of the benefits of SPS transparency in trade facilitation and getting their long term commitment to it in terms of resourcing etc is essential.

  • Also raising the awareness of the importance of HS codes was discussed, an understanding of how this assists some members was noted. It offers a clear and precise way to categorize notifications which would greatly assist members to assimilate the large volume of notifications.


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Revised recommendations on W/215

  • There was not much discussion – two points for inclusion:

  • Importance of HS codes should be noted in the document

  • Facilitation of IMS for online full-text documents should be explored


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