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Second Indian university joins Vi network
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
Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

The 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 Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:33
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
Vi trade and poverty book launch: Geneva, Medellin, Santo Domingo
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Contributed by Susana Olivares   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00
From left: Virtual Institute Chief, Vlasta Macku; Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, UNCTAD Division on Globalization and Development Strategies; and Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTADExperts from international organizations, academia and policymaking circles gathered in Switzerland, Colombia and the Dominican Republic September 8 to launch the Virtual Institute (Vi) book, “Trade policies, household welfare and poverty alleviation: Case studies from the Virtual Institute academic network.” 
The book, generated by researchers trained through the three-year Vi capacity building project on trade and poverty, is a collection of eight case studies examining the effect of trade on the poor in developing and transition countries in four continents.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:48
Vi seminar on trade and poverty, day 1: Wheat in Argentina, cotton in Benin
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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00
Paula Calvo (left) and Raúl AugerThe Vi seminar on trade and poverty kicked off on Monday, September 8, gathering an audience of 75 participants representing academia, government and international organizations.
The seminar convened the 11 researcher-policymaker tandems that produced case studies examining the effect of trade on poverty in the context of a three-year capacity-building project sponsored by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Finland.
The morning session was chaired by UNCTAD’s Amelia Santos Paulino, of the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, who also served as mentor for one of the projects.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:46
First Vi Gambian fellow assesses impact of RTAs and FDI
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:24

Momodou Mustapha Fanneh (left), with Virtual Institute economist, Cristian Ugarte.Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, of Vi core member, the University of the Gambia, completed research on the impact of reginal trade agreements (RTAs) and foreign direct investment (FDI) on bilateral trade, while a Vi fellow at UNCTAD July 20 to August 29.  

Fanneh's paper investigates the impact of RTAs and FDI on bilateral trade in manufactured products within regional agreements and with countries outside these groupings. His research focuses on the impact observed in four important regional trade agreements - ECOWAS, NAFTA, the EU and ASEAN - and covers 28 manufacturing industries during the period 1995-2004.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:39
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