From June 19 – July 4, LEDECO Centre Swiss (LEDECO), in collaboration with the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) of China, have organized the 2023 Summer Programme of International Organizations (SPIO) online.


LEDECO invited senior officers and experts from a number of international organizations to provide high-level lectures on current opportunities and challenges of international governance for CUFE students. These organizations include the World Trade Organization (WTO), Asian Investment Bank (AIIB), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (UNSCAP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Center (ITC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Bank (WB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Around 300 undergraduate, master, and doctoral students participated in the online lectures. 20 students selected from the participants also participated in WTO General Council simulation. They were divided into different groups representing different roles including Chairperson, Secretariat, Brazil, Chad, China, EU, US, Jamaica and Switzerland, exchanging views on regular items and engaging in text-based negotiations under Special Sessions. Professor Lu Xiankun, Managing Director of LEDECO provided guidance to participants all through the entire simulation.


The simulation focused on the WTO reform, Non-Market Economy policies and practices, WTO dispute settlement mechanism crisis, status of developing countries and the special and differential treatment (S&DT). Through the simulation They also learned how to draft statements, make proposals, negotiating texts for ministerial declaration, as well as to collect information and make meaningful analysis.


Annex 1 Schedule of Summer Programme 2023


  Date Time (Beijing) Lecturers Topics
1 19 June (Monday) 16:00 – 17:30 Hamid Mamdouh, former Director, Services and Investment Division, WTO WTO, Financial Services and WTO Reform
2   19:30-21:00 Brad McDonald, Deputy Director, Strategic Policy Division, International Monetary Fund (IMF) The International Monetary Fund, the global crisis and protectionism and the forecast of the global economic situation
3 20 June (Tuesday) 16:00 – 17:30 Ferran Pérez, International Affairs Officer, World Bank The World Bank, SDGs, Finance and Development and the Role of China
4   19:30-21:00 Tianyu MAO, Senior Programme Manager, International Trade Centre (ITC) ITC and China cooperation
5 Wednesday, June 21 16:00 – 17:30 Alexander Jaax, Janos Ferencz, Trade Policy Division, OECD The OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index and the development of services in China
6   19:30-21:00 Aditi Sara Verghese, Policy Lead, International Trade and Investment World Economic Forum (WEF); Nivedita Sen, Community Lead, Global Health and Healthcare Industries The World Economic Forum and Multistakeholder Engagement: Sustainability and Health
7 22 June (Thursday) 16:00 – 17:30 Ahmad Mukhtar, Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Global food and agricultural governance: the role of FAO
8   19:30-21:00 Natalia Deblue, Officer, Consumer Experience Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) The World Intellectual Property Organization, IPR protection and the role of China
9 23 June (Friday) 16:00 – 17:30 Amanda Sayuri Miashiro, Anais Wardak, Officer, WTO Accession Division WTO, trade and peace and the role of China
10   19:30-21:00 Rolf Traeger, Head of LDC Sector, UNCTAD Trade for development: UNCTAD’s work and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
11 24 June (Saturday) 16:00 – 17:30 Yao Shenhong, Director,  Director UNIDO Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation UNIDO, South-South cooperation and the role of China
12   19:30-21:00 Zheng Lixia, Consultant on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Circular Economy, former China Coordinator for Sustainable Consumption and Production at UNEP China SDG12 International processes and developments in sustainable production and consumption and the circular economy
13 Sunday 25 June 16:00 – 17:30 Bo Zhang, Investment Operations Officer, Asian Investment Bank (AIIB) AIIB and international infrastructure investment
14   19:30-21:00 Hector Torres, former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund: Maintaining global economic and monetary stability
15 26 June (Monday) 16:00 – 17:30 Mia Mikic, former Director, Investment and Innovation Directorate, UN ESCAP Global economic and trade governance, gender equality, women’s empowerment and the role of UN ESCAP
16   19:30-21:00 Pierre Sauve, Senior Trade Specialist, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, World Bank Group World Bank, WTO and international development and global economic and trade rule-making
17 29 June (Thursday) 16:00 – 17:30 Victor Do Prado, former Director, General Council and Negotiations Committee Division, WTO The WTO negotiating mechanism, the decision-making process and the role of its General Council
18   19:30-21:00 Alejandro JARA, former Deputy Director-General of the WTO General Introduction to WTO Reform and China’s Role
19 30 June (Friday) 16:00 – 17:30 Patrick Low, former Chief Economist, WTO Rethinking Special and Differential Treatment (S&D): Ensuring a balance between the rights and obligations of WTO members at different stages of development
20   19:30-21:00 Wayne McCook, Assistant Secretary General, CARICOM Single Market and Trade (CSMT) and former Jamaican Ambassador to the WTO The “non-market economy problem” in WTO reform and China
21 1 July (Saturday) 16:00 – 17:30 Taufiqur Rahman, Head of Least Developed Countries Sector, Development Division, WTO The Development Dimension of WTO Reform and the Special Concerns of the Least Developed Countries
22   19:30-21:00 Prof. Lu Xiankun, former Permanent Counsellor of China to the WTO and Director of the Swiss Centre for Bamboo International Trade Negotiation Skills
23 2 July (Sunday) 13:30 – 16:30 preparation (grouping, drafting of speeches, etc.)  
24 3 July (Monday) 09:00-12:00 WTO General Council Simulation
14:00 – 17:00
4 July (Tuesday) 09:00-12:00
14:00 – 17:00