Edited by Klaus Liebscher, Josef Christl, Peter Mooslechner and Doris Ritzberger-Grünwald
Chapter 4: Partnerships for capacity building - A necessity rather than an option
4. Partnerships for capacity building – a necessity rather than an option Kipkorir Aly Azad Rana1 Among training institutions, the Joint Vienna Institute (JVI) has built a tradition in, and a solid reputation for dealing with issues of direct concern to Central and Eastern European countries. This is most valued not only by beneﬁciaries, the academic community and policy makers, but equally by such organizations as the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is an active supporter of the JVI. A key objective of the WTO, as one of the JVI’s main sponsors, has been to strengthen existing partnership arrangements with the Joint Vienna Institute and I am glad to note that the Secretariat is progressing well in this main endeavour. In 2003, the WTO nearly doubled the number of activities held at the JVI and it has been agreed to further expand the scope of activities in 2004. Among other things, enhanced partnership with the JVI is an important component of the WTO’s new approach of outsourcing to, and building strategic relations with training institutions – and with their students. After all, the JVI can claim credit to have trained a remarkable number of specialists in the short period of its existence: more than 12 000 participants at the time of writing. Building capacity is one of the WTO’s main goals in delivering technical assistance and training programmes, and, in our view, can best be achieved through ‘decentralizing’ those activities and bringing them closer to the region. Moreover, results can be...
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