The Virtual Institute organized a two-week study tour for 18 students of the professional Masters program in International Trade from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. The tour, held February 15-26, offered a tailored program covering, among other topics, a course on the economics of commodities production and trade, presented by UNCTAD's Special Unit on Commodities.
Students were exposed to the research work and policy recommendations of UNCTAD experts, along with those from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). Lucas Saronga, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Tanzania in Geneva, also made the time to discuss with the students the role of the mission in trade negotiations in Geneva.
"The sessions … gave us the opportunity to interact with Geneva-based professionals, and to meet our representatives from the Tanzania mission in Geneva, exposing us to the practical dimension of the training, and providing us with opportunities to discuss trade and development issues with experts and professionals in the field," writes study tour participant, Felix Tinkasimile.