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for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Short courses for Geneva delegates

Building Productive Capacities in LDCs as a Means to Reduce Poverty
Palais des Nations, Geneva
26 March, 2007

High and sustained rates of economic growth are a crucial prerequisite for sustainable poverty reduction.

This course focuses on the challenge of achieving such rates of growth in poor developing countries. In this context, it will discuss:

  1. Key elements of productive capacities
  2. Means to develop these capacities
  3. Factors that constrain their development

Amongst the foremost constraints on productive capacities addressed during this course are: weak infrastructure (including electricity and transport networks), weak institutions (including banks and business-support institutions) and weak demand (including both internal and external demand).

The course will draw on the analysis contained in UNCTAD Least Developed Countries reports. As the topic has implications for policy-making by both LDC Governments and donor countries, the course is designed for delegates of LDCs and their development partners.

Delivered by: Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes



Upcoming courses:

23 April 2007: Promoting growth and development through information and communication technologies

29 May 2007: Enhancing competitiveness through trade and transport facilitation

25 June 2007: Attracting FDI through international investment agreements

23 July 2007: The interface between competition policy, trade, investment and development


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3. Click on short courses; click Ok when asked to enrol in the course.

3 . Fill out the registration form (located on the right-hand side of the page).


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