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Russian universities open the Vi fall videoconference season with a TDR presentation
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

Eighty students and lecturers of international economics, international trading system, international relations and public economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the St. Petersburg State University and the North-West Institute of Management joined in for a videoconference presentation of the Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2014 October 15.

The findings of the report, this year focusing on global governance and policy space for development, were presented by one of the TDR’s authors, Jörg Mayer (pictured, right), of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:14
First think tank from Tanzania joins the Vi
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

altThe East African Research Capacity Development Foundation (EARCDF) joined the Vi today as a first think tank member from the United Republic of Tanzania, in addition to the two current university members - the University of Dar es Salaam and the Open University of Tanzania.

The idea of EARCDF becoming a Vi member came about upon its establishment in 2012, based on earlier discussions between ex-UNCTAD expert Sam Laird, and EARCDF's trade economist, Johansein Rutaihwa. The application was supported by H.E. Mr. Modest J. Mero, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations in Geneva. 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:14
Newest Colombian affiliate member visits UNCTAD for the first time
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Friday, 10 October 2014 09:47

altA group of twenty-six students and faculty members from Vi’s latest Colombian affiliate member, Universidad de la Salle, came to UNCTAD for a study visit October 7.

The aim of the one-day training programme was to introduce the students to UNCTAD’s work on trade, gender and development, as well as the findings of the latest Trade and Development Report (TDR) and the World Investment Report (WIR).

During the first session, Simonetta Zarrilli, of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, presented the topic of gender and trade.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 10:01
Second Indian university joins Vi network
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) joined the Virtual Institute today, becoming the second university to represent the country in UNCTAD's academic network.

The link between IIFT and the Vi was established very recently through Rashmi Banga, of UNCTAD's Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Vi’s home division. The application followed swiftly and IIFT became a Vi member in less than one month.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:33
Trade and poverty seminar, final session: Yellow corn, common external tariff, rice
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Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

altThe last session of the Vi Seminar on Trade and Poverty, held September 10, and chaired by project mentor, Alessandro Nicita, of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, featured the work of researchers from Peru, Nigeria and Viet Nam.

First up were Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism researchers, Carmen Cecilia Matta Jara (pictured, right) and Ana María del Carmen Vera Ganoza (pictured), who conducted research on the welfare effects of lower tariffs -- from 33.3 percent in 2000 to zero in 2011 -- on yellow corn.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 12:27
Vi seminar on trade and poverty, day 2, session 2: Renminbi, rice, environmental products
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Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:00

Dahai Fu (left) and Shantong LiThe September 9 afternoon session of the Vi trade and poverty seminar, chaired by project mentor, Marco Fugazza, of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, discussed the findings of research on China, the Philippines and Argentina.

“Although the impact of the renminbi (RMB) appreciation on the country’s trade flows, labour market and economic growth has been widely analyzed, the effects of exchange rate movements on consumers and poverty in China have not yet been studied in the existing literature,” began Dahai Fu (pictured, left), of Vi Chinese affiliate member, the Central University of Finance and Economics.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:26
Vi seminar on trade and poverty, day 2, session 1: Rice, subsidies, trade liberalization
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Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Chaired by Vi trade and poverty online course author and project mentor, Nicolás Depetris Chauvin, the morning session of September 9 included presentations by researchers from Costa Rica, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
First on the programme was Carlos Umaña (pictured, left), of Academia de Centroamerica, and policymaker partner, Henry Benavidez (pictured), of the Ministry of Foreign Trade.  The pair discussed research on whether a reduction in the price of rice due to cheaper imports expected from the free trade agreement between Central America, the United States and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR), would benefit poor households in Costa Rica.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:43
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