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The President of Ireland meets PMP Workshop Participants

21 June 2018 (Dublin, Ireland)

On 21 June, the President of Ireland, Mr. Michael D. Higgins received the participants of the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop at his official residence at Áras an Uachtaráin. Present during the courtesy call were port representatives from the English-speaking Network: Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines and Serbia. Also joining the group were representatives from UNCTAD, Dublin Port Company, former senator, Mr. Pat Magner, TD, as well as Mr. Kevin O’Driscoll.

President Higgins delivered a welcome message wherein he reiterated his support for the work of the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme, citing its important role to international trade.

The President also commended the contributions of IrishAid and Dublin Port Company to the programme. The president then joined the group for an afternoon tea. A tour of the official residence followed.

“As an island nation, almost uniquely depending on international trade, we in Ireland know and value the importance of our ports, and all who work there. The UNCTAD TrainForTrade programme is vitally important in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate and I am so very proud that our ports here in Ireland and Irish Aid, have been participating with the English-speaking network. ”  President of Ireland, Mr. Michael D. Higgins

Contact:        Mark Assaf           Debbie Francisco          Erika Morishita

PMP Training of Trainers Workshop (Modules 1 – 4) in Dublin

Dublin, Ireland (19 – 26 June 2018)

In the framework of the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme (PMP), a Training of Trainers (ToT)  Workshop for the English-speaking network will be held from 19 – 26 June 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The workshop is co-organized by Dublin Port Company, with the support of Port of Cork Company, and Belfast Harbour Commissioners. It will be held at the head office of Dublin Port Company and the National College of Ireland (NCI).

17 senior managers from the member ports of the English-speaking network of the Programme (Indonesia, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, and the Philippines), as well as prospective port members (Serbia) and former member (Namibia) will be exchanging experiences and knowledge on the contents and delivery of modules 1 – 4 of the course on Modern Port Management. UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi, will take part in the closing ceremonies of the workshop to distribute the certificates to the successful candidates.

The ToT face to face workshop is the completion of the course that had started with a distance learning component which took place from 30 April – 8 June 2018, and represents a new blended learning strategy being implemented in the PMP. The objective of the workshop is to prepare the senior port managers for their roles as future instructors in their port communities. The participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a technical visit of Dublin Port.

The English-speaking network of the Port Management  Programme benefits from the kind support of Irish Aid.

Contacts:      Mark Assaf           Debbie Francisco

Delivery of PMP Module 2, Cycle 2 in Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Nigeria (7 – 11 May 2018)

TrainForTrade, in cooperation with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) local organising committee, will deliver Module 2 of the Modern Port Management Course from 11 – 14 May 2018 in Port Harcourt. 26 middle managers (including 6 women) from the port communities of Nigeria who are enrolled in the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme will participate in the course.

The module will be delivered by a port expert from Ghana, along with senior managers from NPA who have been certified by TrainForTrade as local trainers.

The second of the eight training modules examines the port as a system, in particular the actions that a country could take in connection with port facilities to ensure that national ports (big or small; local, regional or national) develop and function efficiently.

Nigeria is currently undergoing the second cycle of the Port Management Programme.

Contacts:              Mark Assaf          Debbie Francisco

Port Management Week Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland (9 – 13 April 2018)

The UNCTAD/TrainForTrade Port Management Programme (PMP), with the support of Irish Aid and in cooperation with PMP port partners, will organize the Port Management Week from 9 to 13 April at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event will commence with the Coordination Meeting of the Port Management Programme French-Speaking Network from 9 to 11 April and includes the following highlights from 11 to 13 April: the MoU Signing Ceremony with Irish Ports, the International Port Performance Scorecard (PPS4) Conference, and the Launching Ceremony of the Port Management Series Volume 5 (PMS5) Port Management Case Studies.

During the Coordination Meeting of the PMP French-speaking Network, each member port will present the results of the activities carried out in 2017 and the schedule of actions planned for 2018.

The MoU signing ceremony signifies the commitment of Irish Port Partners to the PMP English-Speaking Network in support of port communities in developing countries in quest for efficient and competitive port management.

The International Port Performance Scorecard (PPS4) Conference will give the opportunity to senior managers of the PMP Networks (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese), to exchange on best practices in the area of strategic reforms for modern seaports towards greater competitiveness based on higher standards of performance. The conference will be of interest to those engaged in information collection and analysis for strategic management purposes.

Meanwhile, the Port Management Series Volume 5 (PMS5) Port Management Case Studies presents the top twelve dissertations from the 2015-2017 cycle of the English-speaking network of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme. The publication focuses on the following subject matters: Social, Economic, Financial and Operational results of the research done by the participants from member countries: Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Over 60 participants from 20 countries, which includes CEOs and port experts, will be taking part in the Port Management Week.

Contacts:    Mark Assaf       Dominique Chantrel         Gonzalo Ayala

Delivery of PMP Modules 7 & 8, Cycle 4 in Indonesia

Malang, Indonesia (12 – 23 March 2018)

Port experts from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and an expert from Ireland, will co-deliver Modules 7 & 8 of Cycle 4 of the Port Management Programme (PMP) in Indonesia. 16 participants (including 2 women) from the port community of Pelindo I to IV are taking part in the Modern Port Management course. The said modules of the Modern Port Management Course, comprises topics on Administrative and Legal Management and Technical Management and Human Resources Development, respectively. Indonesia is currently on the 4th cycle of the programme.

Contacts:     Mark Assaf                Debbie Francisco