Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller has recently returned from a successful UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Training Programme on the Administrative and Legal Management of Ports.
Established in 1964, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution, whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.
The UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Training Programme supports port communities in developing countries in the quest for efficient and competitive port management. The programme consists of eight modules and a dissertation. UNCTAD/TrainForTrade sends a specialist for one out of every two modules, to lead the training. In the recent Module 7 Training Programme (Administrative and Legal Management), held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller of the Department of Law, UCC, who has been involved with the programme for three years, was the lead trainer/specialist. Dr Sage-Fuller taught alongside senior managers from the port community: Mr Abel Ayubu Manase Moyo - Head of Planning & Shipping Section of Tanzania Ports Authority. Mr Nelson Mlali – Principal Research Officer for Tanzania Ports Authority and Mr Hebel Mwasenga – Principal Planning Officer for Tanzania Ports Authority.
This module is part of UNCTAD/TrainForTrade’s Modern Port Management course, which consists of 8 modules that cover the main aspects of managing a port today.
- International trade and transport
- Organization of a port system
- Functioning of a port system
- Future challenges to ports
- Methods and tools of mort management
- Commercial and economic management
- Administrative and legal management
- Technical management and human resources development
Overall, the course lasts between 18 and 24 months (each port community decides along with TrainForTrade how long the programme will last). The course represents around 240 hours of training, not including the work needed to research and draft the final thesis.
The programme itself (Port Management, Train for Trade) is run also in other locations, including Namibia, Ghana and South Africa. In addition, this year Port of Cork has become involved, hosting the Training of the Trainers in May/June 2012 (which was attended by Dr Sage’s three co-trainers on this programme) in conjunction with Irish Aid, Dublin Port, DCU and UCC.
Dr Sage-Fuller is currently teaching on the same programme for TrainForTrade being run in the Maldives. She has also taught on the programmes in Tanzania, Malaysia and Indonesia.