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New Vi online course to train 83 on NTMs
Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:54

The first edition of the Virtual Institute online course on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Data Collection has accepted more than double the number of participants originally planned, after receiving an unexpectedly high number of applications -- 455 from 99 countries.

Set for September 1 to October 19, the course will provide 83 participants from 48 countries with  the knowledge and tools necessary to identify, classify and report information about national NTMs. The training was designed to support an international effort led by UNCTAD to improve access and increase transparency with regard to these measures.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:02
 
Vi trade and poverty project to unveil research findings at international seminar
Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:30
altThe three-year Vi capacity building project on policy-relevant trade and poverty analysis will present the findings of 11 country case studies prepared by researchers from 10 developing and transition countries during a seminar in Geneva September 8-10.
 
Trained in 2012 through the Vi online course on trade and poverty, and subsequently coached by international experts and the Vi team, the researchers from Argentina, Benin, China, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines and Viet Nam developed their research projects in consultation with national policymakers. This helped them not only identify topics of policy interest to their countries, but also better understand the sectors they analyzed (primarily agricultural commodities such as wheat, corn, rice, or cotton), get access to relevant data, and understand the policymaking process.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:05
 
Gambian researchers acquire skills in trade empirics through Vi workshop
Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
The Vi organized its first professional development workshop for the staff of the University of the Gambia August 12-15. A group of 27 lecturers and researchers of the School of Business and Public Administration, as well as participants from the Management Development Institute and the Ministry of Trade, attended the training on the empirics of trade and trade policy.
 
The workshop was delivered by Marco Fugazza, of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities. The aim was to introduce the participants to trade policy analysis and how to use the Stata software to analyze bilateral trade taking into account its various determinants. During the four-day workshop, a combination of lectures and practical examples presented the use of gravity model in research, in particular in the context of the WTO and regional trade agreements.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 14:24
 
18th Colombian university joins Vi
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Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 18 August 2014 16:41
Bogota's Universidad de La Salle joined the Virtual Institute today, bringing the number of Colombian university members in the network to a record 18.
 
The membership resulted from the initiative of Ricardo Buitrago, former Vi affiliate member coordinator of Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz.
 
The university was founded in 1964 with the mission to provide education and generate knowledge to contribute to the economic and social transformation of the country.  The Vi's counterpart at the university will be the School of Economics and Social Sciences.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:32
 
Vi fellowship advances development of international integration textbook
Contributed by Catarina Mastellaro   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
Vi fellow, Silvia Rozas, lecturer at Colombian affiliate member, Universidad del Norte, spent June 20 - July 25 in Geneva developing the content of a textbook on international integration for her undergraduate course for international business students. 
 
In the framework of the fellowship, the Vi facilitated meetings with experts from UNCTAD, WTO and ITC, who provided her with up-to-date, relevant information on issues of international integration theory and practice. Her stay was also an opportunity to exchange with Geneva-based Colombian government representatives to the WTO and UNCTAD, Gabriel Duque and Juan Camilo Saretzki-Forero.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:06
 
Vi network welcomes second Zambian university member
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:30

The Zambian Open University (ZAOU) joined the Virtual Institute network today, expanding the number of affiliate university members to 39.

Our first contacts date to 2011, when we were approached by Bonaventure Bowa, then economic policy advisor for the Canadian International Development Agency, with regard to cooperation on the development of a Master's programme in Trade, Development and International Relations. In the course of 2012, the Vi provided curricular advice for this programme, which was approved by ZAOU's Senate in 2013 and launched in January 2014. The university's Vi membership is thus the culmination of long-term cooperation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:17
 
Latest Vi fellow identifies sectors for growth and poverty reduction in Senegal
Contributed by Tarinee Youkhaw and Vlasta Macku   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
altMarème Ndoye (pictured, left), lecturer and researcher at Vi core Senegalese member, Cheikh Anta Diop University, spent her five-week (June 16-July 18) Vi fellowship identifying sectors in the Senegalese economy which have potential to create value added, and contribute to growth and poverty reduction.
 
With guidance from Piergiuseppe Fortunato, of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Ndoye completed the first draft of her research paper, “World demand and specialization of the Senegalese economy.”  The work highlights the issue of competitiveness, and aims to contribute to the Strategic Plan "Emerging Senegal" (Plan stratégique Sénégal Emergent), which sets ambitious national economic goals for 2035.
 
"Competitiveness is at the core of development strategies under globalization", Ndoye said during the discussion of her findings with Mamour Niang (pictured), First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Senegal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:29
 
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