What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 1-15 July 2014

A summary of upcoming events, seminars and other activities throughout ESCAP for 1-15 July 2014.

ESCAP and ADB field visit for developing a feasibility study on the pilot application of ESCAP’s Secure Cross-Border Transport Model between Bhutan and India, 1-3 July 2014, Kolkata, India

A field trip from Kolkata, India to Thimpu, Bhutan is being organized by ESCAP and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) to undertake a test of the vehicle tracking system behind the ESCAP Secure Cross-Border Transport Model, as part of a series of activities from 1 to 3 July. This Model uses technologies such as global positioning systems, cellular communication systems, geographical information systems, radio frequency identification, advanced web based software(s), electronic seals and computer network to provide a conceptual basis to facilitate cross-border transport while addressing the pressing concerns of the control authorities. In addition to this visit, a briefing will be given to Indian Customs in New Delhi to specifically address concerns related to customs procedures. A visit to Kolkata Port and meetings with transport operators and customs officers will be also organized, in order to understand current challenges for transit between Bhutan and India and to collect required information for an upcoming feasibility study, the modalities of which are to be finalized shortly.

Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration, 2-4 July 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

ESCAP and the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar will hold a three-day training course on ‘Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration’ from 2 to 4 July at the Trade Training Institute in Yangon, Myanmar. Traceability is the ability to follow the movement of a food item through specified stage(s) of production, processing and distribution. Exporters in developing countries are required to implement Traceability so that they can export their products in Europe. Public and private sector participants including the departments of agriculture and trade, exporters associations and other relevant stakeholders are expected to attend the training. This event is being held as part of the Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agriculture Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET) Asia project

National Capacity Building Workshop on Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Development, 3-4 July 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR

ESCAP is organizing a two-day workshop on ‘National Capacity Building on Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Development’ in Vientiane, Lao PDR from 3 to 4 July, in collaboration with the UN-HABITAT office in Vientiane and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. The workshop is the first in a series of national workshops to be held across the region to promote the use of sustainable and inclusive transport policies. Senior government officials, development partners, governors, mayors and other key stakeholders from five cities, including Vientiane, are expected to participate in the workshop, with the aim of developing and refining sustainable and inclusive transport policy and strategy for Lao PDR and emerging secondary cities.

UN-APCICT strengthens ICTD human capacity building efforts, 7-11 July 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) will launch the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders (Academy) and the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth (Primer) in Kathmandu Nepal from 7 to 11 July. The Academy programme helps government officials and policymakers in their capacity building efforts by providing knowledge and skills on how to leverage ICT for national and regional socio-economic development.

A four-day workshop on e-Government Applications and Project Management will be held following the launch of the Academy for over 30 participants, including government officials from the Ministry of General Information (MOGA) and representatives of national training institutions in Nepal. The workshop is an important step for the Nepalese government in enhancing its national human and institutional capacity on ICTD. The Academy modules will be used as part of the National Administration Staff College curricula to train government civil servants in various ICTD topics.

UN-APCICT enhances disaster risk reduction efforts, 11-12 July 2014, Malaybalay City, Philippines

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-risk prone countries in the Asia Pacific. Recently, over 4,600 people have been affected by landslides and floods triggered by unceasing rain in the province of Bukidnon. The damages caused by such disaster situations call for greater efforts to strengthen the government’s capacity for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Recognizing the need to enhance the country’s capacity to respond to and mitigate the effects of disaster and emergency situations, the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) will hold a two-day workshop in Malaybalay City, Philippines from 11 to12 July. The workshop will focus on the use of ICT for disaster risk reduction, climate change and green growth. Organized in collaboration with the Bukidnon State University, approximately 80 participants from academe and the local government are expected to attend.

UN-APCICT supports Myanmar ICTD capacity building for senior government officers, 14-24 July 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

As part of a new government initiative in Myanmar, all senior government officials are expected to take part in an intensive management training course and the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) has been tasked with developing and delivering a customized ICT for development (ICTD) training programme. As part of this project, UN-APCICT will conduct a two-week capacity building workshop on ICTD for senior government officials in Pyin Oo Lwin, Upper Myanmar from 14 to 24 July. The training will form part of an eight-week Government Executive Officials Management course for 30 officials at the Director General and Deputy Director General-level. This will be the fourth training conducted in the country and it will cover the first six modules of UN-APCICT’s Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders.

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