Eligible candidates must be Master's students, students in their last undergraduate year, or recent graduates who can commit to work five days per week (35 hours) for four to six months beginning in January. Priority will be given to applicants with skills in filming, video-editing and distance learning development, as well as English-language drafting.
Thirty-six students from Vi core member, the University of Sarajevo, joined UNCTAD for a videoconference presentation to discuss findings of the latest World Investment Report (WIR) December 9.
WIR co-author Kalman Kalotay, of UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise, began with an overview of global foreign direct investment (FDI) trends.
In 2015, global FDI witnessed a 38 percent jump, Kalotay reported. FDI flows totaled USD 1.76 trillion, the highest value since 2007. According to the report, the principal factor behind the global rebound was a surge in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
The 57 graduates of the first edition of the Vi online course on Economic Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) raved about their learning experience. Funded by the Government of Finland, the One UN Fund for Tanzania and the Russian Federation for the Transparency in Trade Initiative, the course was held October 10 to December 4.
“As always, the UNCTAD Vi has done it again wonderfully,” said Nicodemas Lema, of Vi core Tanzanian member, University of Dar es Salaam. “The knowledge and the materials presented were world-class.”
Students and faculty members from Vi Pakistani core university member, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), joined UNCTAD for a videoconference presentation of the latest Trade and Development Report (TDR). The event, held December 2, attracted an audience of around 160 participants, and included several representatives of the print and electronic media.
TDR co-author, Padmashree Gehl Sampath, of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, highlighted the loss of dynamism in the global economy, with GDP growth rates below 2.5 percent, and a marked slowdown in global trade.
“The loss of dynamism in developed economies, combined with low commodity prices, is having knock-on effects on most developing countries," she said. "Outside Asia, developing countries are no longer reducing the income gap with advanced economies, and mining and oil exporters are the most affected.”
The Vi videoconference on the Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2016 for Vi affiliate South African member, North West University, gathered eight students and lecturers for a discussion on structural transformation November 25.
Igor Paunovic, of UNCTAD's Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, presented an overview of global economic trends in 2016 and UNCTAD’s recommendations for inclusive and sustained economic growth.
According to the report, global growth is likely to drop below 2.5 percent, and developed countries have been facing even slower growth.
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