TrainForTrade, in cooperation with Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) local organising committee, will deliver Module 3, Cycle 5 of the Modern Port Management Course from 30 September – 5 October 2019 in Tema. 22 middle managers (including 5 women) from the port communities of Ghana 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 Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and senior managers from GPHA who have been certified by TrainForTrade as local trainers.

The third of the eight training modules examines the functions of a port system and reviews commercial port operations, in particular the different functions or services offered to  the  main  port  users – the ships and the cargo – are examined chronologically for one ship call.

Ghana is currently undertaking the fifth 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 (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.


Mark Assaf          Debbie Francisco