Vi's latest online course, scheduled October 10 to December 4, attracted a record-breaking 267 applications from lecturers and researchers representing 73 countries around the world. The selection committee extended admission to 70 candidates from 48 developing countries and contries with transition economies.
"We received many interesting applications, but given the limited number of places available, we were unfortunately unable to accommodate all the requests," said Vi Chief, Vlasta Macku.
Impact assessment of different NTMs is indispensable for the formulation of a consistent and pro-sustainable-development trade policy. NTMs, including regulations such as product quality and safety requirements, have been playing an increasing role in international trade because of the reduction in tariffs, and growing consumer concerns about food safety and quality, and environmental protection.The objective of the course is to provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of NTMs on trade and welfare. A hands-on technical course, the emphasis will be on the handling of data and the use of econometric tools.
Co-funded by the Government of Finland, and developed in cooperation with UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities (DITC), the course will be delivered by Marco Fugazza, of the Trade Analysis Branch.