Vi members from countries with economies in transition can apply to participate in UNCTAD’s 14th Regional Training Course on International Economic Issues for Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States to be held in Minsk, 23 June to 11 July. Deadline for applications is April 18.
The course, organized with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be hosted by Vi core member, Belarus State Economic University (BSEU).
Dr. Vladimir A. Khmelnitsky, Deputy Rector at BSEU expressed his pleasure in hosting the event at the university, which has generously made available training facilities and a computer lab for the participants. In addition, trainees will be able to relax at recreational facilities like the swimming pool and sports center.
The course is the third to be held in the region, following the course held in Prague in 2004, and in Belgrade in 2006.
The UN Economic Commission for Europe and other national experts from Belarus will work with UNCTAD experts in the design and delivery of the program, which will examine international trade and economic policies, and how gains from trade can impact positively on development. The course will include presentations, (group) discussions, exercises and a final simulation of a WTO trade negotiation.
The course is primarily targeted at policy makers but the Vi is making a systematic effort to include academia, who can subsequently use ideas and materials from the course in their own teaching, thereby increasing its longer-term impact.
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• Application form