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:
Enhance the understanding of the relationship among these areas and their link to countries' development strategies;
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 learned from its technical cooperation activities, and will be enriched by the competence and expertise of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as well as 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, and 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 could be considered.
The course will be given in English, with simultaneous interpretation into French. Training materials will be made available in English, with some documentation in French. Candidates are expected to have a full working knowledge of English.
UNCTAD member States in Africa are invited to present qualified candidates for the course. Candidatures will be accepted until 17 May 2013. Member States/successful candidates will be notified of the UNCTAD selection committee's decision by 24 May 2013.
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.