Target Audience:

Junior to mid-level journalists who report on economics and trade issues from different media outlets (print, online and TV).

Qualification:

Participants with three to five years of experience covering economic and trade news in their respective media outlets.

Language:

The workshop is conducted in Arabic.

Course Description:

This workshop is organized jointly by the WTO, the IMF Communications Department (COM), and CEF. WTO, COM, and CEF staff are assisted by lecturers from Thomson Reuters Foundation in the design and delivery of training. The workshop engages the audience in practical and hands-on exercises aiming at enhancing their understanding of the work of the IMF and WTO, and enabling them to more critically evaluate the institutions’ policy decisions and report on economic developments based on an analytical framework. An important component in achieving this is training the audience on how to access public information related to IMF and WTO activities and policies with a focus on the MENA region. It is hoped that making access to data easier and familiarization with evidence-based tools will assist journalists in their endeavor to evaluate and report on fast developing economic and trade issues in the region, and importantly, gauge the IMF’s and WTO’s response to them (each in their areas of expertise) in an objective and educated way.

The mission of the IMF-Middle East We_They is to strengthen the economic management in Arab League Member Countries by delivering an integrated curriculum of training courses and seminars that address the key skill sets needed to support this goal. In particular, the training aims to improve the ability of officials of these countries to analyze economic conditions, diagnose problems, and design and implement appropriate policies.

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