UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) in collaboration with the Institute for Improving the Qualifications of Civil Servants of the Republic of Tajikistan (IPKGS) organized a “National Strategies for Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan” workshop at the IPKGS Office in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan, on 4 – 5 October 2012.
The workshop followed IPPA’s recent 10 day training in Issyk – Kul, Kyrgyz Republic, on trade policy and negotiations for 60 civil servants from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. Led by top Canadian trade negotiations experts from Carleton University, the training covered topics ranging from trade economics, trade barriers and tariff regimes, to international finance and international trade negotiation.
The Dushanbe workshop introduced the Tajik participants from the Issyk – Kul training to the country’s national strategies on a number of key regional trade issues. Specifically developing the country’s export potential, public-private partnership strategies, as well as the development and challenges of Tajikistan’s ‘Free Economic Zones’ were discussed.
The workshop also featured presentations from Tajik government officials, including distinguished lecturer and diplomat, Hazrat Wahriz from the Institute of Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan, who spoke about Tajik-Afghan trade and economic cooperation.
Representatives of ministries and state committees, business associations as well as independent experts and members of the nongovernment sector also participated in the workshop.
The events in Dushanbe and Issyk – Kul are part of IPPA’s initiative to strengthen the knowledge of public servants on current developments and dynamics of national trade and regional economic cooperation issues in Central Asia and Afghanistan. The project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).