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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are pleased to announce the second edition of their joint e-Learning course on the theme of “Trade Finance Infrastructure Development”.

As providers of training and technical assistance to developing countries and economies in transition, UN ESCAP and UNITAR have decided to incorporate new information and communication technologies into their capacity development strategies. Concretely, this translates into user-friendly, flexible and accessible internet-based courses for officials and professionals in full-time work.

International trade is now widely acknowledged as an important engine of growth in most developing and transition economies. The recent ministerial meetings of WTO have further demonstrated the importance of international trade and investment flows, with many developing economies joining hands to vigorously defend their interests in this area.

While countries need to actively engage in negotiations with others to create a favourable international environment, each must also ensure that its domestic environment is favourable to trade development. The key question this course will address is: How can the public and private sector work together to facilitate the flow of international trade and investment which fuels growth and economic development?

At a Glance

  • Course Title: Trade Finance Infrastructure Development 
  • Course Dates: 21 March to 5 May 2011
  • Application Status: Registration open
  • Course Duration: 6 weeks (including 1 week wrap-up) 
  • Estimated total Learning time: Minimum 40 hours 
  • Number of Participants:  Up to 150 
  • Format:  Online/Internet-based (asynchronous, instructor-led) 
  • Language of Instruction:  English
  • Course Director:  Dr. Carlo Federico Cattani, UNITAR Senior Consultant 
  • Target Audience: Senior and middle level officials from ministries and gencies in charge of economic development and trade, finance and trade sector managers and professionals, officials from government bodies in charge of financial sector regulation and supervision, and other stakeholders. 
  • Fees:  This joint UN ESCAP/UNITAR course is offered on a cost recovery basis which requires payment of a fee of US $ 400 per participant, payable by bank transfer immediately after registration.

How the UNITAR/UN ESCAP e-Learning Works 

The primary focus of our e-Learning is to provide delegates, government officials and other stakeholders with a flexible, cost-effective and accessible training service with a view to continued skills building and networking.

Our e-Learning - or training conducted using the internet - is structured around three levels of interaction. At the first level, participants interact with content and training modules. Second, participants interact with their peers through discussions and exchanges. Third, participants interact with online instructors, who are available for questions, debate, online teaching and guidance. Our method of e-Learning has proven to be highly effective, while helping participants take charge of what, when, where, and how they learn.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate of completion from UNITAR/UN ESCAP through surface mail.  

About UNITAR/UN ESCAP e-Learning

We offer state-of-the-art training through the internet aimed at building and sustaining skills and capacities of government officials, private sector professionals, academics and other stakeholders.

  • Harnessing the power of e-Learning to deliver training which is accessible anytime, anywhere.
  • Recruiting experts globally to provide quality training, networking and capacity building.
  • Equipping government officials, private sector professionals, as well as other stakeholders with the necessary knowledge and skills to work together to ensure the domestic environment is favourable to trade development. 

How to Register
Please fill out our online Registration Form. An email will be sent to you acknowledging receipt of your application. Please make sure that you entered a valid email address.  

Click here to register