University of Central Asia begins “Trade and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth” training programme
Kyrgyz Republic, 25 August 2012 – The Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia, as part of its Canadian supported “Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Afghanistan and Central Asia” (RCCB) project began its training programme on trade and regional cooperation for 60 public servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in Issyk-Kul, which will run from 25 August to 2 September 2012.
Key issues discussed at the seminar include; the crucial impact of international trade to Central Asia’s economic growth, and the contribution of regional trade to helping economic diversification. How Afghanistan, as a key region for transportation transit to the markets of South Asia, and with its ambitious programmes for reconstruction can become a significant trading partner in a Greater Central Asia. The topics range from technical details of tariff and trade barriers, international finance, and international trade negotiations, and will provide in-depth analyses of Central Asia’s current state of regional trade and prospects for expansion.
The training is designed and delivered in cooperation with Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ Centre for Trade Policy and Law (www.ctpl.ca). Their staff of outstanding experts have conducted similar training in China, Russia and other countries. In addition there are speakers from a number of international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID. Institute of Public Policy and Administration staff will present results of their research on trade in the Central Asian region.
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration is a new initiative by the University of Central Asia. The Institute will focus on an in-depth analysis of economic policy as well as organize quality professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region.
The training is organized in partnership with regional organizations such as the Institute for Retraining of Civil Servants (TJK), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TJK) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AFG), Ministry of Economy and Anti-Monopoly Policy (KG), and the Agency of Civil Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event provides a unique opportunity for civil servants to meet colleagues from countries in the region for an exchange of views and experiences.
“For the University of Central Asia, this seminar organized through its Institute of Public Policy and Administration is an important intellectual contribution to Central Asia and Afghanistan’s public policy and cooperation issues. Through support from our partners, the Canadian Government and Carleton University, we hope this is a first step to a long-standing contribution to the region,” Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.
A second phase of the training seminar will be held in each of the four countries in early October, with contributions from local experts on issues related to trade and regional cooperation.
The project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and implemented by the University of Central Asia (UCA).