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Vi videoconference for Russian members focuses on WIR 2014
Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:36

Vi's Eveliina Kauppinen (left) and UNCTAD's Kalman KalotayEighty-one students and lecturers from Vi Russian members, the St. Petersburg State University, the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and the North-West Institute of Management, joined UNCTAD’s Kalman Kalotay, of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, for a videoconference presentation of the World Investment Report (WIR) 2014 on December 10.

Kalotay began his presentation of the report, which this year focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an overview of global and transition-economies investment trends.

Vi Asian workshops train 44 on trade and poverty analysis
Contributed by Cristian Ugarte   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

altThe Vi, with support from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Finland,  organized two workshops on the analysis of the impact of trade on household welfare in Hanoi (Viet Nam) and Manila (The Philippines) in December.

Complementing the Asian launches of the Vi book, "Trade policies, household welfare and poverty alleviation: Case studies from the Virtual Institute academic network," the workshops were hosted by the Centre for Analysis and Forecasting (CAF) in Hanoi, and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Manila.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:30
South-South teaching supports new Master's in Kenya
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

altThe Vi, with support from the government of Finland, facilitated a South-South capacity-building activity between core member, the University of Nairobi, and affiliate member, Moi University, Kenya, November 3-14.

The idea of this teaching cooperation emerged in June 2013 when Moi’s Vi member coordinator, Mark Korir, Head of the Department of Economics,, then a Vi fellow, and Bethuel Kinuthia, then a participant in the Vi project on trade and poverty, met in Geneva.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:41
Vi trade and poverty book launched in Asia
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:09

altAsia became the second region to host the launch of the Vi publication "Trade policies, household welfare and poverty alleviation: Case studies from the Virtual Institute academic network" early December.

The book was the outcome of a three-year Vi capacity-building project funded by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Finland.

The objective of the project, which trained and mentored researchers from developing and transition countries throughout the development of their country case studies, was to strengthen their capacity to provide trade and poverty analysis to their governments.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:59
Food security topic of Vi workshop for Kenya
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Contributed by Tabitha KIRITI-NGANGA   
Friday, 05 December 2014 13:06

altThe Virtual Institute organized a professional development workshop on food security and international trade for 16 Kenyan academics and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture November 24-25. Hosted by Vi core member, the University of Nairobi (UON), workshop participants included post-graduate students and lecturers from UON, Egerton University and Kenyatta University.

Delivered by Samuel Gayi, Head of UNCTAD's Special Unit on Commodities, the objective of the workshop was to enhance participants' knowledge and skills with regard to the relationship between food security and trade. An important topic for the country, given that although Kenya has liberalized its economy, more than 10 million of its people still suffer from food insecurity.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 13:10
Belarus Vi Videoconference discusses TDR 2014
Contributed by Vlasta MACKU   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:55
Thirty-five students and lecturers from Vi core member, the Belarus State Economic University, gathered at the UNDP office in Minsk for a videoconference presentation of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2014 December 2.
The findings of the TDR were presented by report co-author, Jörg Mayer, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies.
"Six years after the outset of the crisis, economic growth in the world still remains rather low, in particular in advanced countries," Mayer said while introducing the context of the report. "Our argument is that the main problem in this group of countries is insufficient demand. Developed countries need a more ambitious policy agenda and to combine monetary and fiscal stimulus with incomes policy.”
Colombian universities complete sixth annual study tour
Contributed by Eveliina Kauppinen   
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
altThe sixth Virtual Institute study tour for Colombian member universities gathered 29 students and five lecturers from six Colombian universities(*) in Geneva November 17-21 for a one-week training programme on trade and development issues. 
During their stay, the students participated in 14 sessions covering development and industrial policies; foreign direct investment; science and technology; the world economy; and international trade negotiations. The presentations were delivered by experts from UNCTAD's divisions on Globalization and Development Strategies, Technology and Logistics, Investment and Enterprise, and Africa and the Least Developed Countries. In addition, the students had the opportunity to visit the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:26
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