The objective of this capacity-building event is to provide an overview of the process of structural transformation and its linkages with development, in order to equip participants with knowledge of the key policy instruments that could accelerate the gradual transformation of the economic structure.
From 14 to 18 May 2018, the Vi organized a series of six presentations for 17 students of the Master's programme in International Trade Policy of Vi core member, the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Presentations were delivered by experts representing all UNCTAD divisions, covering a very wide range of topics such as “FDI trends and impact on development”; “Trade Facilitation Agreement and UNCTAD’s work o the Caribbean”; “Post-2015 development agenda”; “Climate change and development”; “Competition policy: UNCTAD and the CARICOM region”; and “Structural transformation for inclusive and sustained growth.”
Approximately 120 undergraduate students from Vi core university member, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan, took part in a videoconference delivered by UNCTADs expert, Piergiuseppe Fortunato, May 4.
Fortunato, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, based his presentation on UNCTAD's latest Trade and Development Report, entitled “Beyond Austerity: Towards a Global New Deal.”
A group of around 20 students and professors from Virtual Institute core member, the Belarus State Economic University, took part in a videoconference on the main findings of UNCTAD’s World Investment Report (WIR) 2017 and related foreign direct investment (FDI) issues April 10.
The WIR is one of UNCTAD’s flagship reports. It consists of three parts: global and regional trends, policy trends and issues, and a thematic issue changing from year-to-year. In 2017, the WIR focused on the rise of the digital economy and its implications for FDI and development. The presentation of these topics was delivered by report co-author, Kalman Kalotay, Economist at UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise.
The Vi is now accepting applications from researchers and university lecturers from developing countries and countries with economies in transition for the fourth edition of its online course on trade and poverty analysis, scheduled for June 4 to August 19 2018. Funded by the Government of Finland, the course will provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of trade and trade-related policies on poverty and income distribution. In addition to strengthening teaching and research capacities in participants' countries, the course aims to support governments in the design of pro-poor trade policies conducive to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
All selected participants will be exempt from course fees, and will receive the course DVD including the Vi teaching material on trade and poverty, free-of-charge. As a hands-on technical course, the pedagogical approach emphasizes data manipulation and the use of econometric tools. Applicants must, therefore, have knowledge of Stata and trade theory and policy, as well as a Master's degree in Economics and excellent knowledge of English. Participants with passing grades in all course activities will receive a certificate of completion.
Applications, including CV and letter of institutional support, must be submitted online no later than May 13.
With the help of the material from the workshop, my students got more interested in international issues. The thing that delighted them was the practical and relevant examples of LDCs given in the materials.