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Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
4 April 2011

UNCTAD to Conduct Economic Policymaking Training in oPt

The Training Programme is Designed to Support Palestinian Capacity in Economic Policy Evaluation and Forecasting

A mission from UNCTAD’s Assistance to the Palestinian People Unit will visit Ramallah, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, to conduct a training programme from 10 to 14 April 2011. The goal of the programme is to enhance the Palestinian Authority’s capacity in economic policymaking and in assessing different economic policy choices (fiscal, monetary, exchange rate, trade and labour).

The training will deal with real policy questions, taking into account the continuing conditions of occupation and restricted public policy space. It will focus on ways of using alternative economic policy options for the strategic development of a viable and independent Palestinian State, as envisaged by the relevant United Nations resolutions.

The training will also deal with a range of policies that could accelerate sustainable growth and create jobs. In addition, participants will gain hands-on experience in using econometric models, through UNCTAD’s computerized macroeconometric model of the Palestinian economy. They will learn about the ways in which models are used in economic forecasting and policy formulation.

The programme is being implemented in collaboration with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, and represents another milestone in the long history of cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and UNCTAD. Participants will include staff from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, from the national economy, finance, planning, and labour ministries, and from the Palestinian Monetary Authority and the Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute.

Quick Links: Training Course on Modelling the Palestinian economy: Macroeconomic, Trade and Labour Policy Options (10-14 April 2011)

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