Above: Course participants and tutors at an official reception hosted by His Excellence Zayaed R. Alzayani, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Sixteen participants from the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Yemen attended a UNIDO training course, facilitated by Philip Dearden of CIDT that aims to build the regional trade capacity of the Gulf Countries.
The intensive course held in Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was organized for Gulf Cooperation Council Member States by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in conjunction with the Gulf Standards Organization, the Islamic Trade Finance Cooperation (ITFC) and the Aid for Trade Iniative for the Arab States (AFTIAS).
“Trade has long been recognized as a potential engine for growth and wealth creation. Many countries continue to face supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints which can inhibit their ability to compete on international markets. Therefore, UNIDO and its partners designed this programme to help address these challenges by training experts on how to overcome quality infrastructure related barriers,” said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Trade Investment and Innovation.
“The course included a distance learning component that ensures participants share a common knowledge concerning trade capacity building issues, and a residential part that offered a mixture of technical lectures and dynamic sessions on participatory project design taught by Professor Philip N. Dearden” he added.
Representatives from UNIDO, ISO, BIPM and the GCC Accreditation Centre all taught on the course alongside Philip Dearden of CIDT who taught all the workshop sessions on Project and Programme Design and Management.
The programme being opened by Dr Hashim Hussein, Head UNIDO Investment and Technology Office.
Trade Sessions being delivered by technical experts from a range of internaional organisations.
Workshop participants working on their development projects and programmes before presenting and sharing them.
Certificates being presented by Nader K, Almoayyed, Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, A. Karim Ahmed Alrashid, Assistant Undersecretary for Industrial Development and Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmeiento, Head of Department of Trade Investment and Innovation, UNIDO.
Course participants and tutors at the end of the intensive programme.