Sweden graduates seven Zambians from Trade Academy

Seven Zambian professionals have graduated from a Swedish trade Academy after a six month long training programme conducted by  that country’s National Board of Trade (NBT).

The NBT is a Swedish governmental agency responsible for issues relating to foreign trade, internal market and trade policy.

This was an intensive training on advanced trade policy conducted across three sessions which ran from October last year to April this year in Stockholm.

The programme also included  and a mentorship phase which was conducted in Zambia.

The seven Zambians included Mwamina Ngwale and Gilbert Chisenga from Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry; and James Mulenga from Mulungushi University.

Other are  Edna Kabala–Litana from the Copperbelt University, Josephat Nchungo,  Haggai Kanenga, and Wisdom Kaleng’a from the University of Zambia.

“Trade Academy offers comprehensive and forward-looking knowledge in analysing, formulating and implementing trade policy. The course is aimed at contributing to the development of a critical mass and increasing the capacity of trade policy experts who will be able to drive trade policy in their respective countries read the statement issued today by counselor at the Zambian Embassy in Sweden, Nick Shabolyo.

The course drew participants from 10 countries which included Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Lebanon.

Others were from Bangladesh, Jordan, Georgia, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

“These constituted the second unit of the Trade Academy which was initially designed to target civil servants and evolved to add an academic dimension due to the recognition that universities played a critical role in trade policy through, for instance, training the necessary human resource which eventually serve in the public and private sectors as well as civil society,” the statement read.

“It is in this regard that the five of the seven were lecturers drawn from the three public universities in Zambia with the specific objective of exposing them to the Trade Academy as well as the tailor-made Train the Trainer Programmes whichfocused on providing insights on modern and learner based teaching methodologies necessary for shaping the future of trade policy through the respective courses offered at the three universities.”