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29 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - 2013 was a successful year for the Public Finance and Trade Programme of UNITAR, with 54 courses delivered in the form of seminars, workshops, e-Learning courses and communities of practice. These trainings have benefitted over 2000 participants globally. The Programme’s success has been illustrated by an increasing demand for face-to-face seminars and workshops, which are in the Programme’s agenda for the year to come. More courses related to trade, public finance and intellectual property will be delivered in that form.

In 2013, the Programme delivered several successful face-to-face events. Two seminars were held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, one on “High Performance Leadership” (27-28 November) and the other on “International Negotiation for Government and Business Executives” (21-22 October). Both seminars, which are the first of the Public Finance and Trade Seminar Series, received very positive feedback. They were designed to equip government and business executives with the skills to succeed in today’s highly ambiguous, uncertain and changing environment. They drew extensively on UNITAR’s active network of renowned international experts and practitioners, who all possess a wealth of academic and practical experience.

Another successful workshop, on “Financing in Africa” was held in partnership with the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, for two weeks. This year, this technical assistance workshop will be held in Dakar, Senegal, as well as in Maputo, Mozambique, which will allow Francophone and Lusophone participants coming from African countries which are not part of the Arab League to participate.

In order to benefit from a large array of knowledge and expertise, an important part of our activities are delivered in partnership with various institutions such as international organizations, universities, law firms, United Nations organizations and think tanks. These partnerships assure that our courses are delivered by top level professors and practitioners that come from many different backgrounds, and that participants are trained by the most specialized professionals in the field of the course they take. Some partners we have been delivering courses with include the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), INTOSAI*Development Initiative (IDI) and World Trade Institute (WTI).

Another positive development for the Public Finance and Trade Programme is the increased use of technology to deliver training. The growing number of e-Learning courses allows a greater outreach of courses in a cost-effective manner. This includes e-Learning, communities of practice and virtual discussions. Some examples of courses to be delivered in 2014 include “Leadership Skills for Finance Managers”, “Fundamentals of Business Finance”, “Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Tips and Techniques” and “Trade Finance Infrastructure Development”.

Finally, the Programme also expects further expansion in delivering training in Arabic and Russian languages with our partners. These multilingual activities are aligned with the new strategic framework of the Institute that stimulates the strengthening of multilateralism and the promotion of economic development and social inclusion.

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*INTOSAI - International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions

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