Strengthening the Chittagong Port Authority Training Institute (CPATI) in Bangladesh

learning and steering for better project outcomes

CINOP global Bangladesh
CINOP global Bangladesh

23 September 2019

Chittagong Port is the economic engine of Bangladesh

The economic growth rate of Bangladesh has been increasing in the last few decades, boosted by the Chittagong Port located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River. The Chittagong port handles 90% of Bangladesh’ export-import trade and continuous to grow fast. To respond to this, the Chittagong Port Authority Training Institute (CPATI), a unique training institute in Bangladesh, is expanding its facilities and is training more port employees than ever before.

CINOP made a great impact to CPATI which in turn has made a successful impact for Chittagong Port Authority. All the course coordinators got the opportunity to follow extensive training programmes both in Bangladesh as abroad.

Mohammad Azizul Moula, project coordinator CPATI

Strengthening CPATI as a modern training institute

Since 2017, CINOP is contributing to strengthen CPATI as a modern training academy in port management & operations and related subjects, with adequate institutional and organizational capacity and an improved balance in gender and equal opportunities. CPATI will offer labour market and stakeholder relevant training courses and curricula which improves human and technical resources as to ensure the port’s ability to cope with and stimulate economic growth in the country.

CINOP global Bangladesh

Evaluating where we stand in order to steer for better project outcomes

In June 2019, the three-year project was slightly over halfway. Therefore, CINOP conducted a thorough evaluation of the project to collect best practices and learnings in order to steer the project in the years to come. In the upcoming finalizing project phase, attention must be placed on fine-tuning the components CINOP has been working on. For example, since the start of the project, ten new courses have been developed, and it is now time for the course content to be finalized. Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and the project partners are jointly working on a strategic plan for CPATI, which needs to be fine-tuned and approved. Some courses are provided to students in an online manner (Moodle environment), but for e-learning to be beneficial, students need the right computer skills.

Benefits of the project are becoming visible and include an e-learning facility, a proper HR for CPATI, proper corporation and marketing policies, initiatives of Computer Lab setup with modern facilities and collaboration with APEC (port training centre of Antwerp) to offer an international standard training program with high quality training materials

Mohammad Azizul Moula, project coordinator CPATI

Cooperating for change

In the coming period, all cooperating partners will put in their time and energy in reaching the project goals. CINOP supports Port Authority’s mission in cooperation with the Antwerp Port Training Center (APEC), IHE-Delft, and Services and Solutions International Limited (SSIL) from Bangladesh..

This project is part of the NICHE programme of Nuffic, funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It is a fantastic journey for CPATI to gradually move forward to achieve excellence in becoming an international standard training institute. We are extremely happy to be a part of the project and to cooperate with CINOP and other partners regarding the implementation of the project.

Mohammad Azizul Moula, project coordinator CPATI

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