Valencia hosts a United Nations course on port management

Valencia hosts a United Nations course on port management
Valencia hosts a United Nations course on port management

Seven nationalities, twenty-one students, twelve days and more than seventy hours of training. These are the figures for the course that the port of Valencia is hosting within the framework of the programme Train For Tradeorganized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Under the name Training of trainers workshop. Modern port management courseits content – developed by experts from the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) and the port community of Valencia – focuses on teaching the key management principles of port management.

Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic are the countries from which the port professionals who are being trained at the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) come from. The workshop Training of trainers The aim of the course is for students to become the protagonists of local development in their ports of origin, appropriating the knowledge and skills of Valencian experts which they will then replicate in their countries of origin, thus guaranteeing a multiplier effect in their port communities.

Logistics chain, international trade and transport, the port as infrastructure, the operation of the port system and the challenges of a sustainable port are the four main areas in which students are being trained. For Gonzalo Anaya, head of the Spanish-speaking Network of the Port Management Program Train For Trade“It is a unique opportunity to promote and strengthen the networking of port communities.”

For almost two weeks, four modules of a course designed for Spanish-speaking students are taught as part of the Train for Trade program.

Collaboration between the APV and UNCTAD

The APV has been collaborating with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on port training programs since 2001. In 2007, both entities signed a collaboration agreement for the development of the port training program. Train for Trade in Spanish-speaking developing countries, which has included actions such as technical assistance missions to Latin American countries and the holding of seminars in Valencia and Gijón.

The study material is regularly updated by UNCTAD in collaboration with port experts from the port authorities of Valencia and Gijón. It consists of manuals, videos, assessments, individual and group exercises that are available on the UNCTAD distance learning platform. Train For Trade.

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