University Hosts UNCTAD Centre Of Excellence

19th February 2016

A UNCTAD Centre of Excellence will be established and based at the University of Gibraltar. It is expected to be operational before the summer of this year.

UNCTAD is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development. It is based at the United Nations in Geneva which has hosted its permanent secretariat since 1964 and comprises over 200 member States worldwide.

UNCTAD offers member States expertise on all issues related to investment and enterprise development. It is focused on customs matters, international trade, analytical research, technology and trade development.

The Gibraltar Centre of Excellence will provide specialist training programmes for high level international governmental and private sector officials on Customs related matters. It will also organise international events related to the following:

  • E-Government and M-Government solutions Customs reform and organisation Enforcement Trade facilitation
  • The Centre will offer integration of solutions for the implementation of international conventions and work closely with the following organisations:
  • Control of tobacco products (DCTA) Drug precursors (UNODC) Intellectual property rights (WCO/WIPO) Ozone Depleting Substances (UNEP) Trans boundary Movement of Waste and Environmental Protection (UNEP) Protection of Cultural Heritage (UNESCO)