A group of 25 students and lecturers from Bulgarian Vi core member, University of National and World Economy, joined UNCTAD’s Alfredo Calcagno for a videoconference presentation of the 2016 Trade and Development Report (TDR) November 16.
According to the report, growth in the volume of global trade remains low, mainly due to lack of global demand and is expected to decrease below 2.5 per cent. The current investment rates in most developing regions are not high enough to support rapid structural transformation.
Twenty-nine students and lecturers from Vi affiliate Russian university member,Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), joined a videoconference on the Technology and Innovation Report 2015 November 18.
Padmashree Gehl Sampath, of UNCTAD's Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, began her presentation by discussing the importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) for national economies.
“African countries only account for 0.3% of world’s high-tech exports,” Gehl Sampath began, “this low share of technology intensive activities has led to a renewed emphasis on industrial and innovation policies in developing countries.”
An audience of 22 students and lecturers from Vi Bosnia and Herzegovina core member, the University of Sarajevo, joined UNCTAD for a videoconference presentation on the 2016 Trade and Development Report (TDR) November 11.
Igor Paunovic, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, reported that "the current trends in trade and development have severe repercussions on developing economies and their growth prospects." He said "there is nothing normal about the slow economic growth," which is resulting in "suffering in developing countries."
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched the second volume in their book series on trade policy analysis on November 15. The book is yet another outcome of the cooperation between the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) and the WTO for the benefit of academics and policymakers in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
“The partnership with the WTO began at the inception of the Virtual Institute in 2004,” said Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies. “The cooperation was further strengthened in 2010, when the WTO launched its WTO Chairs Programme, whose network of 19 universities includes 13 of the Vi’s 131 institutional members.”
The idea for the book began to take shape in 2005, when the Vi, the International Trade Centre and the WTO held an international workshop on trade policy analysis for 20 academics from 15 developing countries. The Vi then developed a teaching material on the topic in 2008, which served as the basis of the first volume in the series, “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis.”
Master's students from Vi Colombian affiliate member university, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, took part in a training programme delivered by UNCTAD experts October 25. The 15 students participated in sessions covering the latest UNCTAD flagship reports topics related to investment and entrepreneurship in developing countries and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Ricardo Gottschalk, of the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, asserted the need for policy intervention in the wake of economic fragility during his presentation, based on the 2016 Trade and Development Report.
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