According to managers of the ports – all members of UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade Port Management Programme – the waterway offers an alternative route to the sea. “The hope, the opportunities that the Paraguay-Paraná waterway offers business owners and Bolivia’s economy are considerable,” Bismark Rosales, manager of Port Jennefer, says.
Under the framework of e-Trade for All and the TrainForTrade Project on Leapfrogging skills development in e-commerce in South-East Asia, Ms. Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary of Trade and Investments Promotion Group, Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, came to Geneva and discussed cooperation with Ms. Shamika Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, on the way forward on this project. The next activity is the e-Learning course on e-Commerce Best Practices which will be followed by a regional workshop organized in the Philippines. Joining Ms. Terrado were delegates from the Philippine Mission to the WTO, Ms. Ella Burgos and Ms. Maggie Uy. A meeting was also organized with Ms. Genevieve Feraud, Head of the Knowledge Development Branch, Ms. Cecile Barayre and Ms. Martine Julsaint Kidane from the ICT Analysis Section, Mr. Mark Assaf, Chief of the Human Resources Development Section/TrainForTrade and Dominique Chantrel, Programme Manager of the TrainForTrade Programme.
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Diffusion du cours sur le commerce et les transports internationaux dans le contexte du programme de gestion portuaire, pour la 12ème promotion de la communauté de Port Autonome de Dakar compose de 20 professionnels dont 8 femmes. Le cours sera diffuser par les instructeurs locaux certifiés TrainForTrade.
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
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.