On February 8, 2018 Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Mr.Roberto Azevedo welcomed new participants of the WTO Young Professionals Program in Geneva. At the invitation of the WTO Director General, the Ambassadors of the countries, citizens of which have become participants of the Program, including the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva, Ambassador Zhanar Aitzhanova, attended the meeting.
Following a competitive merit-based selection process, Feruza Nabiyeva, senior expert at the Center for Trade Policy Development under the Ministry of the National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has become the first representative of Kazakhstan in the WTO Young Professionals Programme.
The WTO Young Professionals Programme was launched in 2016 with the aim of enhancing the knowledge and skills on WTO issues of young professionals from developing and least developed countries. Special focus is put on WTO members that are not currently represented at the professional level in the WTO Secretariat.
The 15 young professionals were selected from more than 1,500 candidates from all over the world. Mr. Azevedo noted that "being selected in the competition with more than 100 people per a vacancy is in itself a huge achievement and success."
Participants of the Program will spend one year at the WTO Secretariat to learn about the Organisation's work. Director-General Azevedo briefed the young professionals on the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, which took place in Buenos Aires in December last year. He noted that the young professionals joined the WTO at an important moment for the organisation, and expressed high expectations for their contribution to the WTO's activities.