The SECO / WTI Academic Cooperation Project is a comprehensive six-year academic capacity building project aimed at academic training in trade regulation and building regional research capacities. It was initiated and is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

The World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern, one of the world’s leading centres of graduate study and research in trade governance, was chosen as the project’s implementing agency.


22 Nov 2017 | News

Rodrigo Polanco interviewed at PUCP

WTI faculty member and senior researcher Rodrigo Polanco recently returned from a teaching trip to Chile and Peru organised within the WTI-SECO programme. He gave courses in international investment law at the University of Chile’s Institute of International Studies and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). During his stay …

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11 Oct 2017 | News

Visiting research fellow delivers inaugural lecture as professor of law

Pamela Andanda, a visiting research fellow at the WTI in 2011-12, delivered her inaugural lecture as professor of law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, on 4 October.

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4 Apr 2017 | News

SECO Vietnam workshop explores trade facilitation

An international workshop on ‘Trade Facilitation: European Experiences and Lessons for Vietnam’, co-organised by the WTI in the context of the SECO academic cooperation project, took place on 20-21 March in Hanoi.

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4 Apr 2017 | News

Successful export support project completed in Colombia

The WTI SECO programme provided funding for two short seminars for Colombian producers-exporters, industry representatives and government officials, which were held in Cali (22-24 March) and Bogotá (27-29 March) with the support of government export agency PROCOLOMBIA.

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1 Feb 2017 | News

WTI holds SECO steering committee meeting and workshop

Representatives of all five countries involved in the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs/World Trade Institute Academic Cooperation Project participated in a steering committee meeting and workshop at the WTI on 23 and 24 January.

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29 Nov 2016 | News

"Being a member of the OECD means complying with a number of instruments and agreements"

The WTI's Director for Programme Development, Pierre Sauvé, is interviewed about what OECD membership would mean for Peru, and the challenges of the digital society, during a teaching visit to PUCP.

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8 Nov 2016 | News

Former doctoral student heads PUCP graduate programme

Victor Saco, a former PhD student at the World Trade Institute (WTI), has been appointed the new Director of the Master in International Economic Law programme at the Pontifical Catholic University in Peru (PUCP), a partner of the WTI in the SECO project.

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12 Oct 2016 | News

"Obesity is almost a bigger problem than hunger"

WTI Senior Researcher Dr Häberli was interviewed during a teaching visit to PUCP, a partner in the SECO programme.

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28 Sep 2016 | News

WTI researcher teaches and attends workshop in Chile

From 5 to 10 September, Christian Häberli visited Chile within the framework of the WTI/SECO Project where he taught a module on Trade in Agriculture at the University of Chile’s Institute of International Studies (IEI) in Santiago. He was teaching on the Master in International Strategy and Trade Policy programme …

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16 Sep 2016 | News

SECO visiting scholar lectures on regionalism in Latin America

Alberto van Klaveren, a professor of international relations at the University of Chile, delivered a presentation on regionalism in Latin America at the World Trade Institute on 14 September.

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11 May 2016 | News

Doctoral fellow presents at Africa-China conference

Clarence Siziba, a SECO doctoral candidate at the WTI, has presented a paper at the first of a planned series of conferences on Africa-China relations in Nigeria.

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15 Dec 2015 | News

Training for the Malaysian Treasury on impact assessment of trade agreements

As part of the WTI’s SECO collaboration, WTI Senior Research Fellow Anirudh Shingal delivered a training on assessing the impact of trade agreements at the request of the Malaysian Treasury in Putrajaya on 8-10 December. The training was facilitated by Pierre Sauvé and WTI External Fellow Sufian Jusoh.

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8 Dec 2015 | News

Prof Elsig visits Foreign Trade University of Vietnam

Deputy Managing Director of the WTI Prof Manfred Elsig recently returned from Vietnam where he paid a visit to the Foreign Trade University (FTU) in Hanoi, one of the WTI’s partners in the SECO academic cooperation project and taught a four-day course on Global Political Economy.

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25 Nov 2015 | News

WTI co-hosts Pacific Alliance conference in Bogotá

“The Pacific Alliance in a World of Preferential Trade Agreements - Lessons in Comparative Regionalism” was the title of an international conference held on November 19 and 20 at the Universidad Externado, Bogotá, Colombia. The event was co-hosted by the WTI, Universidad Externado, and SECO project partners Pontifical Catholic University …

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27 Oct 2015 | News

Doctoral conference explores theme of intergenerational justice

A conference on intergenerational justice – the second in the WTI Doctoral Programme Conference Series - took place on 9 October 2015 to discuss different conceptions of intergenerational justice and distilling concrete institutional and policy mechanisms to ensure greater coherence in this area.

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16 Sep 2015 | News

WTI reaches out to agricultural policy-makers in Vietnam

For the first time, the WTI has held a policy discussion with the international team of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as part of a SECO-sponsored academic cooperation project in Vietnam.

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