NASSRIYAH, Iraq, 28 April 2011 – Young people from Iraq’s Thiqar Governorate completed an IT troubleshooting repair class today at the Nassriyah Vocational Training Centre, receiving certificates that will allow them to perform services in the sector.
The UNIDO-supported training course focused on assembling and disassembling computer hardware parts, on troubleshooting hardware components, and installing and configuring software.
“Such courses are crucial for the young people in the province of Thiqar during these times of instability and unrest. The training course contributed to efforts by the youth to access information and gain employment” said Chakib Jenane, deputy chief of the Agri-Business Development Branch at UNIDO.
The 25-day course was a part of a broader project in the Governorate of Thiqar for young people, women and unemployed. Funded by the Government of Italy, it also included technical training courses in carpentry, pipe welding, pipe fitting, generator mechanics and information technology. The courses are vital for the Governorate of Thiqar which has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country.
The Iraq Programme is the second largest UNIDO country programme, after China. Since 2007, it has supported economic reforms in the country in response to development priorities outlined in the UN Development Assistance Framework to attain inclusive, more equitable and sustainable economic growth. In this context, UNIDO has also recently launched a project on increasing the competitiveness of existing small and medium enterprises by integrating the traditional UNIDO approaches in local and foreign investment promotion with the use of an innovative e-learning platform.
UNIDO has successfully implemented post-crises projects in many regions of the world, including in Afghanistan, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda.
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UNIDO Deputy Chief of the Agri-Business Development Branch