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Vi welcomes Belgian core university member
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 07 July 2014 10:45
Belgium's College of Europe today became the Vi's 50th core university member, joining Vi Think Tanks,  the European Policy Centre and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven, as the third institution to represent the country in UNCTAD's academic network.
Their interest in membership was triggered by the UNCTAD/WTO Practical Guide for Trade Policy Analysis we published in 2012. They found this material particularly effective for their students, who very often need to analyze and quantify trade policy outcomes and objectives. 
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 14:44
Dominican Republic appoints second think tank to Vi network
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:51

Empírica - Centro de Aplicaciones Económicas (Centre of Applied Economic Research) has been appointed by the Goverment of the Dominican Republic as the second think tank to represent the country in the Vi's network. The addition of Empírica brings the number of Vi think tanks to 15.

Contact with Empírica began when UNCTAD colleague, Amelia Santos-Paulino, of the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, met with the think tank's director of inter-institutional relations in May 2014. Membership formalities were then completed speedily after the first direct contact with the Vi in June.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:20
Seventh Russian university joins the Vi
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:37

The Russian Foreign Trade Academy (RFTA) today became the seventh institution to represent the Russian Federation in UNCTAD’s programme for academic cooperation. The country now ranks second, along with Brazil, in the number of Vi university members, just after Colombia.

RFTA's cooperation with the Vi has been encouraged by the Ministry of Economic Development, to which the Academy is affiliated. Other factors contributing to their interest in Vi membership have been the positive experience of the current Vi members in Russia and the wish of the Academy itself to expand its international academic cooperation network.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:29
Burundi university 100th Vi member
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:23

altThe Virtual Institute today reached the magic threshold of 100 members with the membership of the Université du Burundi, the 17th institution from a least developed country to join UNCTAD’s academic network.

The driving force behind the membership has been Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko, a participant of the October 2011 Vi workshop on trade and trade policy analysis and the 2012 Vi online course on trade and poverty. Also instrumental in the Vi membership of Kenya’s Moi University, where he was completing his PhD in agricultural economics, Ndayitwayeko led the effort to secure Vi membership for his home institution, the University of Burundi, upon his return.

The University of Burundi is the only public university in the country. Established in 1964, it aims to provide high quality education and become a university of reference in the sub-region and beyond. The Vi will cooperate with the Faculty of Economics and Management, whose programmes prepare graduates for work in the government and the private sector, as well as for academic careers.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 12:29
Cameroonian Vi fellow investigates determinants of African trade costs
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 13:04

Latest Vi fellow, Manfred Kouty (pictured, left), researcher at the Centre for Studies and Research in Economics and Management (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche en Economie et Gestion), of Vi core Cameroonian member, Université de Yaoundé II, spent six weeks at UNCTAD May 12 - June 20 looking into the factors determining trade costs, considered one of the principal reasons for Africa’s poor trade performance.

With mentoring from Marco Fugazza (pictured), of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, Kouty achieved his principal goal for the fellowship: the development of a database including information on 177 countries, including 30 in Africa, for the period of 1995-2010.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 13:40
First Zimbabwean Vi fellow assesses sectoral spillover effects of FDI in Africa
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Contributed by Vlasta Macku and Susana Olivares   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:49
Voronica Mufudza (pictured, left), PhD student at core Vi member, the University of Zimbabwe, analyzed the spillover effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa during her six-week Vi fellowship at UNCTAD, May 12 to June 20. Her research benefited from mentoring by UNCTAD experts, Kalman Kalotay (pictured) and Astrit Sulstarova of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, and Vi economist, David Zavaleta.
FDI is considered an important catalyst of growth in host countries, bringing additional capital and new technology, and creating jobs (direct effects). FDI may also induce growth through spillover effects on other firms in the host country (indirect effects). Such spillovers may take the form of technology and product design improvements, more efficient production and managerial practices, mobility of work force originally employed by multinational companies (MNCs), creation of spin-off enterprises and increased competition.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:55
Scholarships available: First edition of Vi online course on non-tariff measures - Deadline: July 24
Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

The Vi and the Trade Information Section of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities are now accepting applications from government officials, academics and practitioners to participate in the first edition of the online course on non-tariff measures (NTM) and data collection, to be held September 1 to October 19.

Part of the UNCTAD-led international effort to improve access and increase transparency with regard to NTMs, the course was developed to train experts around the world who can effectively collect and classify information about these measures.

All selected participants will be exempt from course fees, and will receive the course CD/DVD free-of-charge. 

Top graduates will become part of the UNCTAD NTM consultancy roster, and may be considered for future data collection or related work.

Applications must be submitted online no later than July 24.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 09:13
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