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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Regional training programme on trade capacity building ends in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, 15 May 2013 – Twenty-five experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated in a regional training programme on trade capacity building that ended in Baktuu-Dolonuttu Village, Kyrgyzstan, today.

The eight-day course was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the support of the Ministry of Economy of Poland.

Oleg Pankratov, Deputy Minister of Economy of Kyrgyzstan, who attended the opening of the course, expressed the gratitude of his Government to the organizers. He also stressed the timely delivery of the UNIDO training programme and its relevance to strengthening Central Asia’s regional trade partnerships.

The course was designed to help strengthen the national capacities of Central Asian countries in the field of trade and modern quality infrastructure. Participants learned about the liberalization of world trade and trade facilitation; the competitiveness of national trade and industry; the building blocks of a national quality infrastructure, including standardization, metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment. They also examined WTO agreements on technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures and their implications; ways to comply with international standards of production in order to gain an access to global markets; the use of private standards and voluntary sustainability standards.

The lecturers were delivered by experts from the Ministry of Economy of Poland, UNIDO, UNECE, OIML, ITC, as well as experts from Central Asian countries.

The training course was developed jointly by the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development and the Organization's Trade Capacity Building Branch.