This section provides access to HRD Section / TrainForTrade publications, as well as publications to which HRD Section / TrainForTrade contributed.

Port Performance Newsletter (2)

This publication presents UNCTAD’s Port Performance Scorecard 2018 of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme.

2018 Newsletter PPS

Port Performance Newsletter (1)

This newsletter presents UNCTAD’s Port Performance Benchmarking: Linking Performance Indicators to Strategic Objectives of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme

2017 Newsletter PPS

Towards e-commerce legal harmonization in the Caribbean

The establishment of adequate legal frameworks can facilitate the transition to a digital economy and the take-up of e-commerce in-country but also regionally and internationally by reducing uncertainties, enhancing trust and addressing potential harms.
With rising use of e-commerce and current developments in cloud computing, the Internet of Things (‘IoT’) and big data, the need for such frameworks has become urgent.
According to the UNCTAD Global Cyberlaw Tracker, 77 per cent of countries have adopted a law on electronic transaction, 72 per cent on cybercrime, 52 per cent on privacy and data protection and 50 per cent on the protection of consumers online.
Across the Caribbean region, there have been a number of initiatives aiming at fostering the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs).
This publication provides up-to-date information on the legal framework of Caribbean countries following the Regional Workshop on E-Commerce Legislation Harmonization in the Caribbean held from 29 September to 2 October 2015.
The report examines the legal and regulatory framework for e-commerce in 10 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Santa Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
It examines progress made by the countries in regard to electronic transactions/electronic signatures, online protection of consumers, protection of personal data, industrial and intellectual property, domain names, cybercrime, security of information and pending legislation and challenges.

Legal harmonization in the Caribbean (English)

Innovative knowledge for inclusive and sustainable development
Bridging the trade capacity gap

Trade capacity building is a critical element in the development debate as more attention must be paid to the integrated treatment of trade, finance, investment and technology, the interdependence between different policy areas, including macroeconomic management. These address the challenges posed by the ongoing processes of liberalization and globalization and the increasing integration of developing and LDC countries into the global economic system. It includes the increased awareness of the diverse policy and other conditions necessary for attaining competitiveness to participate effectively in the rapidly changing global economic environment. Bridging the trade capacity gap therefore provides decision makers with an adequate understanding of the development dimensions of ongoing negotiations.
Therefore, it is essential that developing countries build their own capacities as only they can then further develop the relevant skills and institutions for undertaking effective trade policies. The issue to take into consideration is how to support institutions and multi-stakeholders partnerships processes for intra-Government cohesion and consultations with trade actors including private sector and civil society. In that context the audience has examined the role of innovative knowledge strategies and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support sustainable and inclusive strategies in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Knowledge development plays a key role for developing countries and proposed to approach it along three main perspectives:
(a) How can we link research and capacity building in order to face the challenges of economic development?
(b) What are the needs of developing countries in terms of knowledge development? And how can we respond to these needs?
(c) What are the challenges developing countries may face in policy formulation and what can be done to help them?

Final report (UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2016_2)

AG 2015

Innovation Knowledge for Inclusive and Sustainable Development:Transferring Knowledge through Technology

Established in 2001, the UNCTAD Advisory Group on the Strengthening of Training Capacities and Human Resources Development in its 10th session focused on identifying best practices and emerging solutions that are relevant for UN agencies and can be implemented in UNCTAD especially with the view of big data and analytics.
Experts from UNCTAD and participating international organizations, universities, permanent missions and private regards to human resources development. Overall, the Advisory Group found UNCTAD’s work on the issue of address analytics in managing and evaluating training delivery timely and appropriate in answering questions that abound today on effectiveness and impact of training. The private sector and academic representatives provided a different edge to the proceedings and their inputs were critical to a balanced review of the importance of appropriate data collection and storage, and then framing the right questions in order to obtain value and complement the knowledge development efforts. (UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2015/2)

  • “Big data is the future and we definitely have to develop such solutions in our organizations in order to improve knowledge and collaboration within the UN entities” – Anonymous Participant
  • “Nearly everyone doing training struggles to measure success – [it] would be ideal to combine [our] thinking and share learning specifically on this topic” – Aaron Nelson – Google

Report of the Tenth meeting

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9th Meeting of the UNCTAD Advisory Group on : “Developing skills, knowledge a nd capacities through innovation: E – Learnin g , M – Learning, C loud – Learning “

The ninth UNCTAD Advisory Group focused on the development of skills, knowledge and capacities through innovative tools such as e-learning, m-learning, and cloud learning. Experts from UNCTAD and participating international organizations, universities, permanent missions and private enterprises assessed and discussed technological trends in the field of E-learning for development, in particular cloud learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and M-learning.
The Advisory Group commended UNCTAD on its efforts to integrate innovative learning solutions into course development and delivery, and they recommended that this practice be reinforced. The group stressed the importance of using information and communication technology (ICT) that is adapted to the target population, considering the available technology and learner’s motivation. Further, the experts underscored that ICTs are most effective when they are used to enhance the learning experience, rather than to replace the traditional modes of learning.

Advisory Group 2013 Report

La gestion portuaire, Volume 6

La gestion moderne des ports, étude de cas sur la base des mémoires de la période 2015-2018 du programme de gestion portuaire TrainForTrade de la CNUCED. ref: UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2018/1

Port Management Series, Volume 5

This publication presents Port Management Case Studies 2015-2016 Cycle of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme English-speaking Network (UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2017/1)English,

Port Managment Vol 4

Port Management Series, Volume 4

This publication presents the Port Performance: Linking Performance Indocators to Strategic Objectives of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme (UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2016/1) (in English, French and Spanish)

English, Spanish, French

Port Managment Vol 3

Port Management Series, Volume 3

This publication presents the dissertations from the 2010-2014 cycle of the Spanish-speaking network of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme (UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2015/3) (in Spanish)

Port Management Vol 3


Port Management Series, Volume 2

This publication presents the dissertations from the 2012-2014 cycle of the French-speaking network of the TrainForTrade Port Training Programme (UNCTAD/DTL/KDB/2015/1) (in French)

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Port Management Series, Volume 1

This publication presents the dissertations from the 2011-2013 cycle of the English-speaking network of the TrainForTrade Port Training Programme (UNCTAD/DTL/KSTCD/2013/1)

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Mapeamento da Situaçao do Turismo na Republica de Angola(UNCTAD/DTL/KSTCD/2011/1)

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National Study: The Legal Framework of Private Investments in the Republic of Angola (UNCTAD/DTL/KSTCD/2010/1)

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Latin America

Study on prospects for harmonizing cyberlegislation in Latin America (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2009/1)

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Central America

Study on prospects for harmonizing cyberlegislation in Central America and the Caribbean (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2009/3)

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