Lagos, Nigeria (22 – 24 March 2017)
From 22 – 24 March, 18 middle managers from the port communities of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) who are enrolled in the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme will participate in the mock dissertations in preparation for their final dissertation in April.
The mock dissertation will be facilitated by a port expert from Ghana, together with NPA senior managers who have been certified by TrainForTrade as local trainers. This strategy promotes South-South cooperation, as well as networking and exchange of best practices among member ports of the programme.
This is an important exercise as it will serve as a primary assessment of the case studies developed by the participants. Those who have completed the 8 modules of the Modern Port Management course and successfully pass their dissertations will earn UNCTAD’s Modern Port Management Certificate.
Nigeria is undergoing the first cycle of the Port Management Programme. Each training cycle lasts 16 to 24 months and comprises 240 hours of in-class training and a final thesis. The deliveries are both led by UNCTAD and international instructors, as well as local senior managers who have completed the training- of-trainers workshop. This strategy highlights the uniqueness and strength of the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme in fostering local ownership to reinforce its impact and ensure sustainability. Local ownership of the programme is achieved through a financing scheme that requires the participating ports to provide the majority of the programme’s funds, and by gradually shifting responsibility for implementing the programme from UNCTAD to the participating ports.