The deadline for applications has been extended to 22 February 2011. The International Energy Agency, which has provided training since it was set up in 1974, is organising pioneering new thematic courses that will take place from 4 to 8 April at its headquarters in Paris.
16 February 2011
To date the Agency’s training has mainly been conducted in response to specific requests from countries, but the IEA is now broadening its efforts and has designed a range of courses, which aim to address specific needs of professionals from both governments and private sectors in developing and emerging economies.
“We decided to create these new courses in order to better share the full range of our expertise and knowledge with non-member countries, as well as enhance our co-operation in an increasingly interconnected world,” said Assen Gasharov, Head of the IEA’s Training and Capacity Building programme. “These courses also offer an excellent opportunity for participants to exchange ideas with colleagues from a broad range of countries.”
Up to 100 individuals will have the opportunity to attend, and the deadline for applications is 22 February. Each course, which will be run by IEA experts, will offer a mixture of highly focused lectures and hands-on exercises. The five available courses, all of which are free to attend, are:
The IEA’s work in this area began with the development of Emergency Response Exercises for its member countries in the wake of oil supply disruptions in the 1970s, which threatened the global economy. The main objectives of these Exercises are to train relevant government officials and oil industry stakeholders in emergency procedures.
Since then, the IEA has broadened the scope of its training, which now covers everything from the latest methods in compiling national statistics, to exploring the principles and techniques employed to generate medium- to long-term energy market projections.
Jean-Yves Garnier, Head of Energy Statistics at the IEA, said that he has seen some significant improvements following IEA training in the past.
“Four years ago, for example, we conducted in-country training in Mexico, which focused on common definitions, methods and skills needed to compile national statistics on different fuels and sectors,” he explained.
“Since then, Mexico has made impressive progress in terms of the timeliness and completeness of the energy statistics which they compile. In fact, for the last two years, Mexico has been the best OECD country in submitting timely data to us.”
For full details about the April training courses, and to apply, please visit: Training
Two testimonials “The IEA’s training approach offers practical content on the latest international trends. Information is provided clearly and concisely.” – Jasbir Khan, a participant from Petronas, the national oil company of Malaysia.
“Attending the IEA course in emergency preparedness gave me a solid basis to consider what policies and measures should be put in place in my own country.” – María del Rosario Castillo, a participant from the National Energy Regulator in Peru.
Photo: Training on Emergency Response Exercises, which took place in Paris in November 2010. ©IEA
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