Participants from Abidjan’s port community successfully completed the UNCTAD Train-for-Trade Certificate in Modern Port Management after presenting dissertations focusing on challenges within their area of work including statistics, port congestion, talent management, environmental pollution and port security. The eight-module course on Modern Port Management took place over a period of a year and comprised 240 hours of lessons at the training center of the Port Authority of Abidjan (PAA).
Juries on the dissertation panels were made up of representatives from partner ports in the French-speaking network of the UNCTAD/Train-For-Trade Port Training Program, as well as two experts from UNCTAD and two observers from a potential member port (Port of Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo).
PAA General Director Hien Yacouba Sié hosted the certification ceremony at the Golf Hotel of Abidjan. Guests of honor included the Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of Côte d’Ivoire, whom handed the certificates to awardees; the Secretary General of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), and the General Director of the Ports Authority of Dakar, Senegal, Cheikh Kanté who described the difference the program was making in Dakar, Senegal, where it has been running for more than 10 years. He also expressed his best wishes to the graduates of this cycle, highlighting the importance of staff development for competitive ports.
The second training cycle was launched the following day by the UNCTAD/Train-For-Trade team. 20 mid- and senior-level managers from PAA, including 5 women, are taking part in this training cycle, which is expected to run over a period of 2 years. PAA officially joined the UNCTAD Port Training Program in 2013 and launched its first training cycle in April 2014. The local instructors previously participated in various Training-of-Trainers workshops organized by UNCTAD/Train-For-Trade in cooperation with its European partner ports. The French-speaking network of the Port Training Program consists of nine active members: Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Senegal, and Togo. The program is financed by the member port communities and benefits from the support of the Port of Marseille-Fos and Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port in France.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) established in 1964, is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment, and development issues. The organization’s goals are to: “maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis