Latin America

Developing and strengthening human resources and institutional capacities involved in international commerce, trade related services and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean.


In 2006, the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Programme and the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to secure collaboration on a capacity development project in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) joined the cooperation in 2008 and provided new dynamics to the implementation of the activities in the region.

The project aims to further develop and strengthen human resources and institutional capacities involved in international commerce, trade related services and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is done by implementing different training courses and activities, by supporting institutional frameworks for trade related issues at national and international level, and by promoting trade and investment policies for a dynamic, equitable and sustainable development.

Over 1200 participants have been trained through the organisation and dissemination of the following courses and seminars in the region:

  • Legal Aspects of Electronic Commerce
  • Regional Workshop on Cyber Legislation
  • Training of Trainers Workshop – Modern Port Management
  • Technical Tutor Training for Distance Learning
  • Negotiators of International Investment Agreements

Several technical assistance missions have been carried out in the following areas: Sustainable Tourism, Port Development, Investment and Trade -Development.

The TrainForTrade Programme organises distance learning courses, face-to-face training courses and regional workshops. Training material is constantly updated and adapted to the requirements of countries and organisations.

The participants are from governmental institutions and private sector (professional associations, chambers of commerce, consumer centres, training centres, etc.), and are responsible for decision making and policy formulation related to trade, development and investment.

The project carries out assistance and support for the identifying of needs for capacity building, policy development, the establishment of networks for sharing knowledge and information, and the dissemination and publication of research and reports, etc.

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (MITC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain are financing the above-mentioned activities, except for the Port Training Component, which is financed by the contribution of the Port Authorities of Gijon and Valencia.

The total contribution from 2006 to December 2011 amounts to USD 1,050,000. Countries in the region also provide in-kind contributions to the development of activities.


Beneficiary countries

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Related Documents

Study on Prospects for Latin America in Harmonizing Cyber-legislationn (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2009/1)

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Study on Prospects for Harmonizing Cyberlegislation in Central America and the Caribbean (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2009/3):

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