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ECA and UNITAR offer free online learning course
August 29, 2016, 12:39 pm

When it comes to social development indicators, Africa is a paradox of high unemployment and poverty coexisting with robust growth. Structurally transforming African economies will require trade-induced industrialization to play a greater role in growth of the continent.

In order to provide interested stakeholders with a better understanding of how trade can serve as an instrument of accelerated industrialization and structural transformation in Africa, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) together with the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), has partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to offer a free instructor-led e-Learning course based on ECA’s Economic Report for Africa 2015 (ERA 2015).

Earlier, during the first semester of 2016, the IDEP had organized a first round of seven short courses for mid-career and senior level African policymakers. These courses were part of IDEP’s portfolio of short courses organized on a yearly basis and aimed at addressing topics of importance to Africa’s development.

The short courses, held at the IDEP headquarters in Senegal, included topics on agricultural and industrial policies, international trade and negotiations, data analysis, development planning and macroeconomic modeling.

In the framework of these training programs, 177 policymakers from 45 African countries were trained. All the five African sub-regions were represented and the continental coverage ratio was 83 percent and the number of female officials trained was 69, which reflects IDEP’s sustained efforts to attract female participants in its programs, given the relatively low number of female applicants.

Registration for the new online course on trade-induced industrialization will be open from 9 September, 2016. With the number of participants is limited to 125 persons, seats will be subject to availability. Until the registration deadline, participants are accepted to the course free of charge on a rolling basis and subject to availability of slots. A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who successfully complete the course.

Further information and online registration are available at 

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