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Maika Oshikawa

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Maika Oshikawa is Counsellor in the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

She is responsible for the management of negotiations for countries in the process of acceding to the Organization.  Most recently, she was leading the WTO team as the Secretary of the Working Party on the Accession of Kazakhstan and was also involved in the finalisation of the accession negotiations of Afghanistan and Liberia in 2015.  Currently, she is the Secretary of the Working Party on the Accessions of Belarus and Bhutan, and serves as the focal point for accessions of Central Asia and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). 

Prior to joining the Accessions Division in 2014, she was Head of the Asia and Pacific Regional Desk at the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) of the WTO. At the ITTC, she was responsible for managing training and technical assistance activities for thirty WTO members and observers in the Asia and Pacific region, as well as of partnership arrangements with organizations and institutions based in the region.  She delivered general and specific training activities in the region.  

Previous divisions she worked in the WTO include: the LDC Unit of the Development Division (2003 to 2010); the Technical Cooperation Division (2001 to 2002); the Secretariat Working Group on LDCs and the Integrated Framework in the Office of the Director-General (2000 to 2001); and the Trade Policy Reviews Division (1998 to 2000). 

Ms Oshikawa holds a MS in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, a DES in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Switzerland) and a BS in Foreign Services from Georgetown University (United States).

Selected publications


Patrick Low, Chiedu Osakwe and Maika Oshikawa (co-editors), African Perspectives on Trade and the WTO: Domestic Reforms, Structural Transformation and Global Economic Integration, Cambridge University Press and the WTO, forthcoming in September 2016. 

Bolongaita, E. and M. Oshikawa (2015), "The Future of Asia: Unleashing the Power of Trade and Government", in Chapter 6 of WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism, edited by U. Dadush and C. Osakwe, Cambridge University Press and the WTO.

Oshikawa, M. (2013), "WTO-ASEAN Asymmetries: Calling for Great Collaboration", in Chapter 20 of The Future of the World Trading System: Asian Perspectives, edited by R. Baldwin, M. Kawai and G. Wignaraja, CEPR and ADBI Institute.
Oshikawa, M., P. Phongsa and P. Schuler (2006),"Leveraging Lao WTO Accession for Growth and Development", in Chapter 4 of Building Export Competitiveness in Laos, World Bank publication prepared under the Integrated Framework, Washington D.C.

Mathur, S., Z. Mchumo, C. Osakwe and M. Oshikawa (2001), "The Least–Developed Countries", by, The World Trade Brief  (issued for the WTO Doha Ministerial Conference).

Daly, M., M.A. Khan and M. Oshikawa (2001), "Tariff and Non-Tariff Barrier to Trade and Economic Development in Bangladesh", Journal of World Trade, Volume 35 (2).

Kono, M., P. Low, M. Luanga, A. Matto, M. Oshikawa and L. Schuknecht (1997), "Opening Markets in Financial Services and the Role of the GATS", WTO Special Studies No. 1, World Trade Organization. 

Secretaria del Estado de Turismo y Comercio Universitat de Barcelona Departament Economia i Finances de la Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona