The First Regional Training Workshop on Tobacco Control and Trade was held at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office on 19-21 March 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was attended by the related coordinators both from Ministry of Health and Ministry of Trade of Tunisia, Iran, Morocco, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Djibouti and Sudan. Eastern Mediterranean Region of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), The Union Middle East Regional Center , League of Arab States and SESRIC also attended as observers at the workshop.
The workshop intended to prepare Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to better understand the common issues between tobacco control and trade.Throughout the workshop, the participants had the chance to understand the linkages between trade and tobacco control in light of international agreements such as the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), to understand the controversial issues between tobacco control and trade and how to develop joint goals for health and to discuss on how to enable both the trade and health sectors to work together to form a joint vision to achieve common goals on tobacco control.
Ms. Fatma Nur Zengin, Programme Coordinator at SESRIC, made a brief presentation regarding the SESRIC OIC VET Programme and Tobacco Free OIC Inıtiative.