Following the overwhelming interest in the regional training course on Key International Economic Issues for the African region earlier this year, the UNCTAD secretariat is pleased to inform member States that a second such course will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 22 October to 9 November 2007.
The course will be held with the support of the Ministry of Trade, Consumer Affairs and Handicrafts and Vi university member, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
The three-week course, originally targeted at high-level government officials, has recently benefited from the participation and expertise of Vi members, some of whom have also contributed as local resource persons.
Please see special instructions for Vi members below:
1. Participants - UNCTAD will cover local costs for all selected participants, such as accommodation and some meals and provide a sufficient subsistence allocation to cover other meals, as well as personal expenses. Participants themselves are responsible for their medical insurance, visa, and to cover the cost of their travel to and from Dakar .
Candidates must be endorsed by their government through the diplomatic mission in Geneva . In general, each country has one seat on the course. However, we only offer places to candidates whom the selection committee at UNCTAD considers as qualified (for this reason we suggest that countries nominate more than one candidate). Therefore, more places than one may be available per country.
Follow the links below for more information on the course and on how to apply:
- Official notification (Français)
- Guidelines for applications (Français)
- Application form (Français)
- Training syllabus (Français)
2. Resource persons- As for participants, UNCTAD covers local expenses. In addition, it covers economy air travel to and from Dakar . The resource persons are expected to contribute to presentations and discussions in the various modules. Their stay may vary: three weeks -- assuming that they will make presentations in at least three modules; two weeks (second and third week) -- contributing at least two presentations: one on investment and another one on a trade issue; or one week -- most likely the last week with at least one presentation on trade.
Resource persons do not need to be approved by the government - the decision is taken directly by UNCTAD. Those interested in participating as resource persons are invited to send us the titles of their presentations with one-paragraph descriptions of the content and points that they would like to make. We then transmit this information to the focal points in UNCTAD who are in charge of putting together the programmes of individual modules. They will assess whether the proposed presentation fits into the module, and may contact you to discuss further. Final decision on resource persons rests with the module sponsoring division.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at vi.unctad.org.