After a successful 2-year implementation of the second cycle (2011-2013) of the UNCTAD/ TrainForTrade* Port Training Programme of the English-speaking Network in five members countries (Ghana, Indonesia, the Maldives, Namibia and Tanzania), the International Coordination Meeting will be organized in Belfast, the United Kingdom, in July. The meeting will give opportunities for port communities to assess the results of the second cycle in the five member countries; evaluate the scope for expanding the program to new countries; adapt the Belfast 2013 Coordination Meeting recommendations; and discuss and exchange views on lesson learned and best practices in port communities in relation to port performance, port services and human resources development.
The meeting is expected to be attended by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD; the Irish Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment of Northern Ireland; Irish Aid representatives; Chief Executive Officers, Director General, and senior management from the Irish Port Partners and from other port communities in Africa and Asia.
The meeting is organized by UNCTAD, in cooperation with Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Dublin Port Company, Port of Cork and Irish Aid.
*TrainForTrade is a programme of the Knowledge Sharing, Training and Capacity Development Branch, in the Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD.