TrainForTrade, in cooperation with Johor Port Berhad (JohorPort) local organising committee, will deliver Module 2 of the Modern Port Management Course from 24 – 28 September 2018 in Johor. 23 middle managers (including 10 women) from the port communities of JohorPort who are enrolled in the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme will participate in the course. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal 17- in promoting South-South collaboration, an expert from the Philippines will deliver the course on “The Port as a System,” along with senior managers from JohorPort 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. Malaysia is currently 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 course deliveries are led by UNCTAD and international instructors (Irish port experts), 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.