Regional Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda for economies in transition for Asia and the Pacific
14 November - 02 December 2011

Key Issues

The course will focus on the links between trade, investment, finance and development, including in the context of international trade negotiations. Its aim is to:

  1. Enhance understanding of the relationship among these areas and their link to countries´ development strategies; and

  2. Provide participants with knowledge and skills for the design and implementation of trade and development policies, as well as for trade negotiations corresponding to the needs and interests of their countries.

The syllabus of the course will draw upon UNCTAD´s perspective, its analytical work, and the lessons learnt from its technical cooperation activities, and will be enriched by the competence and expertise of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, as well as that of national experts, in these areas of work.

The course is mainly aimed at mid-level government officers in ministries and institutions dealing with trade, investment, finance and development issues, who are involved in the formulation and implementation of national trade and development policies. As appropriate, and depending upon the availability of seats, other applicants such as academics from universities could be considered.

UNCTAD member States in the Asia-Pacific region are invited to present qualified candidates for the course. Applications will be accepted until 19 August 2011. Member States/successful candidates will be notified of the decision of the UNCTAD selection committee by 26 August 2011.

Member States are encouraged to nominate more than one candidate per country, in which case they may wish to rank the candidates. The selection committee will take this ranking into consideration, provided that the preferred candidate meets the eligibility criteria.


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