23 participants from 9 countries in Sweden for trade policy education


Today, 23 civil servants – 13 women and 10 men – arrive in Stockholm to learn about trade policy for two weeks. The National Board of Trade Sweden organises the advanced trade policy course named Trade Academy.

The National Board of Trade, the Swedish government agency for international trade, organises Trade Academy for the fourth year in a row. The persons admitted to Trade Academy have several years of experience in trade policy work. This year they come from Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Somalia, Belarus and Zambia, countries with which Sweden has established development cooperation.

– Trade Academy provides participants with knowledge and tools to analyse and apply practical trade policy analysis in their daily work. It helps their countries better benefit from free and open trade, based on their own needs, says Anna Stellinger, Director-General of the National Board of Trade Sweden.

Sustainability and civil servants' perspectives are themes that runs through the whole course. The participants get a chance to deepen their knowledge of trade policy, contribute with their own perspectives and then bring the knowledge home.

A concrete example of development cooperation

The course consists of four periods where two are located in Stockholm. In between the meetings, the participants work on different tasks in their own countries with the support of mentors at the National Board of Trade.

– Trade Academy is a concrete example of how Sweden makes a difference through development cooperation. It is also a good opportunity to identify further areas of cooperation. One example is Bangladesh, where ongoing discussions about long-term cooperation stems from initial contacts in Trade Academy, says Anna Stellinger.

Questions about Trade Academy, please contact:

Åsa Christiansson, +46 8 690 48 28, asa.chris...@kommers.se
Karolina Zurek, +46 8 690 49 59, karolin...@kommers.se 

Questions about the National Board of Trade´s development cooperation, please contact Director-General Anna Stellinger.

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