TERI-ITEC Course - Trade and sustainable development - issues for developing countries
The Centre for Global Agreements, Legislation and Trade of TERI organised a three-week training programme on “Trade and Sustainable Development: issues for developing countries” during November 23 - December 12, 2009, under the India Technical and Economic Cooperation programme of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. The programme was organised at TERI Gram at Gurgaon. The programme was designed to understand trade issues from the perspective and sustainable development rather than trade and environment linkages per se. Thus trade’s linkages with economic growth, equity and environmental sustainability as well as human development were integral components of the programme.
Apart from TERI’s in-house experts, some of the best Indian experts on these issues joined the programme as resource persons. The programme was attended by government officials as well academics from several developing countries in Asia and Africa. Besides classroom lectures, participants were taken for field visits in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh which included export oriented textile and leather units and stone carving units. They also visited Tilonia in Rajasthan which is considered a unique model for sustainable development. The programme was highly appreciated by the participants for its structure, content, quality of deliberations, field visits as well the opportunity it provided for connecting with people from several other developing countries.