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The School of Economics at the University of Nairobi had shown dynamism and relevance by building better opportunities and evolving with time.

The School of Economics, at the University of Nairobi, in 2001 had been requested by the WTO secretariat to coordinate the regional trade policy courses for the English speaking countries of Africa. Jasper A. Okelo was identified as the coordinator because he had been involved in the Multilateral Trade Negotiations during the Uruguay round. In addition to this jasper Okelo had also coordinated the training in economic management policy course for the English speaking countries.

The University of Nairobi in therefore having reflected the commitment of the academic community in Kenya – playing a vital role in educating, training and analyzing matters related to trade policy and international trade was therefore one of the 14 leading institutions selected by the WTO secretariat as the WCP in the region.

The aim of WCP was to contribute both through augmenting domestic capacity and through interactive links with other bright minds in other countries with these chairs.

The WCP was launched at the University of Nairobi by the WTO Deputy Director General Mr. Harsha Vardhana Sing on 19th July 2010.

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