UNCTAD

Belgrade 2015

 

Multi-year venues for regional courses on key issues on the international economic agenda

 

Africa

University of Mauritius, Mauritius - Courses from 2013, 2015 and 2017

Asia-Pacific

Singapore Cooperation Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore - Courses from 2015, 2017 and 2019

Countries with economies in transition

Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia - Courses from 2014, 2016 and 2018

Latin America and the Caribbean

EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia - Courses from 2015, 2017 and 2019

Western Asia

Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Sultanate of Oman - Courses from 2012, 2014 and 2016

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Background

 

The regional courses benefit from funding through the regular budget of the United Nations. This funding, however, is limited in its coverage of costs for the delivery of the five regional courses per biennium. Therefore, in order to address the challenge arising from the unpredictability of this current course funding - and the possible lack of stability in the provision of the regional courses - the secretariat, through the Advisory Body ,has established multi-year venues to ensure the sustainability of the courses.
This is a positive step for the following reasons:

  • Multi-year venues help to diversify the financial resource base of the course;
  • They reduce the costs of preparation of each regional course by eliminating the need for preparatory missions;
  • They raise the predictability of the conditions of delivery of each regional course;
  • They attest to the value attached by member States to the course, particularly through its ownership by host countries.

 

Benefits of a multi-year venue to a host country

Becoming a multi-year venue for the course offers host countries several benefits, namely:

  • The prestige of hosting, on a regular basis, a United Nations flagship course on development-focused trade, finance, investment and technology policies;
  • The possibility of showcasing country experiences in successful national economic policymaking, as well as successful regional integration efforts, which can be shared with policymakers and academics from their region;
  • The opportunity of fostering cooperation with UNCTAD and strengthening the country’s own institutional and human capacity in trade-policy formulation;
  • An opportunity to train a critical mass of national experts at reduced costs (no travel involved), as host countries are granted the option of placing up to 5 qualified candidates in the course (of the 25 places available).