PUBLIC FINANCE AND TRADE PROGRAMME

Public Finance and Trade Programme

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About the Programme

UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme  has more than two decades of experience in developing and delivering executive training designed to provide a competitive advantage to finance and trade professionals in today’s global economy.  

While traditional face-to-face training and networking activities continue, the programme has progressively introduced since 2003 new ICT-based methodologies, such as e-Learning, to offer quality and affordable training to a wider audience. To further enhance its outreach and effectiveness, the programme has established strategic partnerships with several international institutions working in relevant thematic areas, including other UN Agencies.

The programme traces its roots back to the Training Programme in the Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management, which commenced after a high level expert meeting held in 1987 in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, it has established a global reach and reputation for expertise in delivering quality executive training in a cost effective manner.


Programme Beneficiaries

The programme draws on many years of experience in strengthening the knowledge and skills of middle- and senior-level officials from around the world. The primary beneficiaries include:

• Government and Ministry officials;
• Central Bank staff;
• Local Government officials;
• Finance and trade officials;
• Staff of financial regulatory and trade bodies;
• Academics;
• Legal professionals from the public and private sectors; and
• NGO and civil society representatives.

 

Beneficiaries

 

 

Thematic Focus Areas

The Programme's focus is on capacity developement of finance and trade officials in the following broad thematic areas:

Public Financial Management

Public Finance training activities strive to actively promote knowledge and understanding of financial governance, poverty reduction, debt management and prudent financial management among public officials and financial practitioners. A specific focus has been placed on the legal aspects of debt management and negotiation of financial transactions in order to assist Member States in addressing challenges relating to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as meeting their respective priorities in relation to Financing for Development.

International Trade

Through skills building and facilitating the cross-regional networking of officials and professionals in charge of trade-related issues, the Programme’s training activities contribute to bridging the knowledge gap and redressing some of the asymmetries between developed and developing countries in the role that they play in the multilateral trading system.

Intellectual Property

International debates on intellectual property (IP) are becoming increasingly focused on the need to integrate a “development dimension” into IP policy making. An ongoing process in this direction is the implementation of the “WIPO Development Agenda”. By providing flexible training and networking opportunities through new ICT-based methodologies such as e-Learning, the Programme supports countries in effectively using IP policy to achieve sustainable development goals.


Video testimonials:

Watch what our participants, partners, and course directors have to say about our online courses. 

Eric Joël Edouard Bekale-Etoughet Participant comments:
  Mr. Eric Joël Edouard Bekale-Etoughet, Permanent Mission of  Gabon, Geneva, Switzerland

 

 

John Hall Partner comments:
  Mr. John Hall, Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development (OECD), Paris, France

 

Prof. Stuart Cohn Course Director comments:
  Prof. Stuart Cohn, University of Florida, Florida, USA

 

 


In Focus


17 - 20 February 2014, Khartoum, Sudan - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) successfully conducted the training workshop on Investment Promotion. 15 officials of the National Investment Authority (NIA) of Sudan participated in this four-day course. The main workshop objective was to strengthen the capacities of senior and middle level officials in charge of investment promotion. Read More

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December 9, 2013, Geneva, Switzerland. UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme successfully conducted the skills-building seminar on “High Performance Leadership in Times of Ambiguity, Uncertainty, and Change” at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 27 to 28 November 2013. The main goal was to equip participants with the practices and competencies required to lead effectively in a constantly evolving environment.

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The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched a new regional Finance and Investment Training Programme at Kenya School of Monetary Studies (Nairobi, Kenya). The Programme is intended to strengthen the economic, financial and technical cooperation between Arab States and African nations who are non-members of the Arab League.

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November 11, 2013, Geneva, Switzerland. UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme successfully conducted the skills-building seminar on “International Negotiation for Government & Business Executives” at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 21 to 22 October 2013. The main goal was to enable participants to become more effective negotiators and achieve better outcomes in both the domestic and international arena.
 

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The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and UNITAR have signed an agreement which commits both parties to a training programme intended to strengthen the cooperation between Arab States and African nations. Scheduled to be held in Nairobi (Kenya), Dakar (Senegal) and Maputo (Mozambique), each session is subsidized by BADEA and anticipated to last two weeks. High level international and regional experts with in-depth experience of Africa'seconomic issues will partake in the development and delivery of the sessions.
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Upcoming Events

Fundamentals of the Equity Market (2014)

24 Mar - 25 Apr 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 28 March 2014

Legal Aspects of Public Debt Management (2014)

31 Mar - 09 May 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 4 April 2014

Fundamentals of Risk Management (2013b)

14 Apr - 09 May 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 18 April 2014

Audit of Public Debt (2014)

12 May - 13 Jun 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 16 May 2014

Fundamentals of the Derivative Markets (2014)

07 Apr - 09 May 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 11 April 2014

Fundamentals of Business Finance (2014)

07 Apr - 16 May 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 7 April 2014

Numerical Methods for Finance and Capital Markets

31 Mar - 09 May 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 4 April 2014

Fundamentals of Banking (2014)

12 May - 13 Jun 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 16 May 2014

The Settlement of Disputes under the World Trade Organization (WTO) (2014)

05 May - 06 Jun 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 5 May 2014

Fundamentos del Mercado de Capitales: Desarrollo y Regulación (2014)

12 May - 06 Jun 2014

web-based

Public – by registration   E-learning   Spanish  open to register/apply Deadline: 12 May 2014