29 Oct 07 - UNCTAD, Spanish Port sign Memorandum of Understanding

TrainForTradeUNCTAD and the Spanish Port Authority of Gijón will train Latin American port communities on port management and transport logistics under an MOU signed today by UNCTAD and the Spanish port.

From left to right: Mr. Francisco Gonzàlez Bendía, Counsellor, Regional Government of Asturias, Mr. Fernando Menéndez Rexach, President, Port Authority of Gijón, Ms. Geneviève Féraud, Head, New Technologies, Training and Capacity-Building Branch (UNCTAD), Ms. Alessandra Vellucci, Chief, Human Resources Development Section (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, H.E. Juan Antonio March, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain.
UNCTAD and Spain signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
An MOU was signed by UNCTAD and the Spanish Port Authority of Gijón on 29 October under which the port will fund UNCTAD´s TrainForTrade Port Training Programme in selected Latin American ports, especially in countries that belong to the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI). Activities planned for 2007-2008 under the MOU include training middle managers from ALADI port communities and translating pedagogical material into Spanish.

UNCTAD has been implementing a technical assistance programme for ALADI member countries since 2006 thanks to the financial support of Spain. The upcoming extension of the Port Training Programme to Spanish-speaking countries will be launched next March at a meeting in Valencia, Spain.


Alessandra Vellucci
Human Resources Development Section

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