The Faculty of Social Sciences and Management of Cheikh Anta Diop University earlier this month launched its Professional Master in Business Management and International Trade Negotiations.
Twenty-five economic science graduates selected from the more than two hundred candidates have registered for the one-year programme, which offers a specialty in International Trade Policy and Negotiations.
The brainchild of Professor Malick Sané, the project has been in the works since 2005.
Exchanges with the Vi, following a June 2006 Vi professional development workshop on commodities in Dakar, produced a project proposal, which was later fleshed out during Malick's one-month UNCTAD Vi fellowship in September 2006. Vi's input included selection of subjects to be included, providing documentation and facilitating contact with UNCTAD experts, as well as with international organizations like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Currently the programme proposes six courses: trade financing, international economic environment, insurance, E-commerce, intellectual property rights, and marketing. A seventh course on quantitative techniques will begin in June.
The university plans to invite experts from international organizations like WTO, ITC and Agence de la Francophonie to deliver courses on market analysis, international negotiations, and on trade, growth and development. The programme will ask regional organizations like the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to conduct various seminars.