TrainForTrade, in cooperation with Johor Port Berhad (JohorPort) local organising committee, is undertaking the delivery of Module 6 of the Modern Port Management Course from 22 – 25 April 2019 in Johor. 23 middle managers (including 10 women) from the port communities of JohorPort who are enrolled in the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme are participating in the course.

The module is being delivered by a port expert from the Port of Cork Company (PoCC), along with senior managers from JohorPort who have been certified by TrainForTrade as local trainers.

The sixth of the eight training modules examines the economic and commercial management of ports and highlights the need for modern successful ports to invigorate their management and develop a commercial strategy to preserve their current customers and source new ones.

Malaysia is currently in 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.

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Mark Assaf          Debbie Francisco