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24. January 2014.

Leskovac-Vranje – The Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM), with the USAID’s support, launched the first on-line training for 80 employees in the city and municipal administrations in Serbia.

The training, which is aimed at employees in 32 cities and municipalities in Serbia that deal with the local economic development, will last for ten weeks, from January 27 to April 7, 2014. The cities and municipalities in which the training will be conducted include the municipalities of Bujanovac and Presevo, too.    

The topics which the trainees will deal with during the ten-week study are the following: legal and institutional framework for the local economic development, attracting investments and providing support to the existing industry, the tools for the local economic development and public-private partnerships.

The advantage of this way of learning is facilitating the work of trainees who are in different locations, while providing significant financial savings. In addition, the time from the beginning of training to applying the acquired knowledge into practice is significantly shortened.  

The said e-training is organized as part of the "Local Economic Development – Education’s Response" project, which is funded by the USAID's Sustainable Local Development Project and which is implemented by the SCTM.

The SCTM’s training center has, so far, organized a large number of classical training courses on a variety of topics that are important for the development of cities and municipalities, which were, over the past five years, attended by over 8,000 employees in the city and municipal administrations.   

As of this year, special attention will be given to organizing distance training courses, which are aimed at reaching a greater number of students and enabling them to acquire the skills necessary to effectively manage the economic development in local communities.

Source: Jugpress and Coordination Body