UCA holds workshops for civil servants on trade and economic relations in Central Asia
In October 2012, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Central Asia (UCA), hosted a number of one to three-day workshops for civil servants in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.
They were an important follow-up to IPPA’s 10-day training programme held in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic in August 2012 for 60 civil servants from the four countries. Led by top Canadian trade negotiations experts from Carleton University, the training covered topics ranging from trade economics, trade barriers and tariff regimes, to international finance and international trade negotiation.
Hazrat Wahriz from the Institute of Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan, discussing Tajik-Afghan trade and economic cooperation with participants.
“The in-country workshops provided empirical evidence on pressing country-specific economic issues, complimenting the theoretical knowledge gained from the training in August,” said Roman Mogilevskii, IPPA Project Coordinator.
Responding to the need to remain competitive in a global economy, the workshops focused on various issues of regional economic cooperation in Central Asia. Featuring topics relevant to the region, the workshops covered a breath of issues, such as: the effectiveness of existing regional and multilateral international treaties; benefits and drawbacks of Customs Union (CU) accession and its effects on regional trade flows; institutional issues of trade policy and diplomatic challenges; export development strategies; and the development of public-private partnerships.
The workshops were well received by participants, who expressed a need for similar workshops to be held on a regular basis, increasing the breadth of topics covered and countries involved. Participants from the Kyrgyz Republic indicated that IPPA’s initiative was timely and relevant, given developments in the energy and transportation sector, are a top priority for in-country development.
Participants of Dushanbe In-country seminar (from left to right): Rizoev Tojiddin, Gulov Daler, Khushvakhtov Khusein, Sufiev Nosir, Nazarov Bahodur, Odinaev Odina, Asadov Shokhboz (representatives of State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Civil Service Department under the President, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ministry of Agriculture, UCA)
Building the capacity of civil servants in the Central Asian region to engage in relevant policy analysis is fundamental to forming mutually beneficial relationships between countries to enhance economic growth. Involving high-level government representatives, business associations, and independent experts and members of the non-government sector, the workshops served as an effective platform for the exchange of ideas and critical discussion of economic issues of interest.
“The discussions following the presentations were lively and open” remarked Shokhboz Asadov, lead Research Analyst for Tajikistan. “Members of the business community, keen to invest in the country, discussed the current investment climate and shared insights on possible business opportunities”.
These trainings are part of IPPA’s initiative to strengthen the knowledge of public servants on current developments and dynamics of national trade and regional economic cooperation issues in Central Asia and Afghanistan. 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).
IPPA aims to provide in-depth analyses of Central Asian economic policies and organize quality professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region. The Institute has produced and published a series of peer-reviewed original research papers on a broad range of topics dealing with social and economic issues, public administration and public policy as they relate to Central Asia and Afghanistan. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucentralasia.org/Research/ippa
|4-5 Oct 2012||Dushanbe, Tajikistan||
|10-12 Oct 2012||Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic||
|9-11 Oct 2012||Astana, Kazakhstan||
||Academy of Public Administration|
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