The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) was awarded the WTO Chair programme in 2014 along with other 6 universities in a highly competitive process. The 7 new Chairs selected will expand the current network of the 14 existing Chairs around the globe. The WTO chairs programme aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the multilateral trading system among academics and students in developing countries through teaching, research and outreach activities. The research component of the chair at SQU will focus on the issue of food security in Oman and the MENA region and how it can be enhanced through WTO multilateral trading system. The chair will benefit from the technical support provided by WTO secretariat to conduct trade-related activities in collaboration with Ministries and the business community.