Representatives of female officials from six northern cities and provinces will be equipped with leadership and management skills through a three-day training course that kicked off in Nam Dinh province on April 24.

The course is part of the Cambridge-Vietnam Women Leadership Programme entitled “Empowerment of women in the public sector in the context of international economic integration” jointly launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

During the course, the officials, who come from Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ha Nam , Ninh Binh, Thai Binh and host Nam Dinh, will learn skills in team working and monitoring, personnel management, communication and presentation.

Nguyen Nguyet Nga, head of the MoFA’s Multilateral Economic Cooperation Department, who is also the programme’s deputy director, said the course offers an opportunity for Vietnamese female officials to exchange views on issues relating to international integration, economic restructuring and sustainable development.

They will also discuss ways to increase women’s contributions to the society and share experience in management and leadership, she added.

Commenced in 2008, the project focuses on formulating a comprehensive package of policy recommendations to the Government to empower women working in the public sector.

It also provides female officials with scholarships to undertake post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge as well as opportunities to attend short-term skill training courses at home and abroad.-VNA