- Susana Olivares
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched the second volume in their book series on trade policy analysis on November 15. The book is yet another outcome of the cooperation between the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) and the WTO for the benefit of academics and policymakers in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
“The partnership with the WTO began at the inception of the Virtual Institute in 2004,” said Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies. “The cooperation was further strengthened in 2010, when the WTO launched its WTO Chairs Programme, whose network of 19 universities includes 13 of the Vi’s 131 institutional members.”
The idea for the book began to take shape in 2005, when the Vi, the International Trade Centre and the WTO held an international workshop on trade policy analysis for 20 academics from 15 developing countries. The Vi then developed a teaching material on the topic in 2008, which served as the basis of the first volume in the series, “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis.”