The third edition of the Virtual Institute online course on Non-Tariff Measures and data collection, scheduled for July 10 to August 27, admitted 117 participants from 57 countries. The 2017 class was selected from a pool of 316 applicants representing academia, government and trade practitioners in 77 countries.
The Virtual Institute organized a national workshop on the econometric analysis of commodity-related policy issues for 33 Burundian researchers, lecturers and students, as well as senior civil servants from a number of government ministries and institutions, June 5-10. The workshop, requested by Vi core member, the University of Burundi, was funded by the United Nations Development Programme.
Janvier Nkurunziza, of UNCTAD's Special Unit on Commodities, delivered the six-day training programme, which began with a discussion on how to design a scientific research document and what it takes to carry out such research in order to improve decision-making in economic policy.
On 6 June 2017, a delegation of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) from Beijing, China visited UNCTAD. The delegation included Mr. LiJunsheng,Professorof Economics and DeputyPresident of the Central University of Finance and Economics;Mr. Wang Ruihua, Professor and Dean of Business School of the CUFE; Mr. Wang Jun, Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of National Fiscal Development; and Mr. Li Hongbing, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Division of the CUFE.
The delegation met with the Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies (DGDS), Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, and the Officer in Charge of the Virtual Institute (Vi), Mr. Igor Paunovic. They gave the delegation an overview of the work being done in UNCTAD and the DGDS, as well as the ongoing and future activities of the Vi.
The UNCTAD Virtual Institute is recruiting summer and fall interns for its Geneva-based team.
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 (40 hours) for four to six months
There are two positions available. The summer internship starting date is June 19. The fall internship begins on October 16. The duration of the internships is of four months, with possibility of extension to a maximum of six months depending on the needs of the programme.
Preference will be given to applicants with skills in communications, filming, video-editing and distance learning development, as well as English-language drafting.
The Vi and the Trade Information Section of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities are now accepting applications from government officials, academics and practitioners to participate in the 2017 edition of the online course on non-tariff measures (NTM) and data collection, to be held July 10 to August 27.
Part of the UNCTAD-led international effort to improve access and increase transparency with regard to NTMs, the course was developed to train experts around the world who can effectively collect and classify information about these measures.
Thanks to Vi support from the Government of Finland, all selected participants will be exempt from course fees.
Top graduates will become part of the UNCTAD NTM consultancy roster, and may be considered for future data collection or related work.
Applications must be submitted online no later than June 18.