Vi member Francis Matambalya from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania contributed to a number of the training sessions of the UNCTAD Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda held in Cairo, Egypt, in February.
Professor Matambalya intervened in modules dealing with the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), investment and enterprise, and trade and development. He was also able to attend the entire three-week course, containing six modules.
"I personally was particularly impressed by the scholarly calibre of the facilitators, quality of hand-outs, engagement of the participants,and logistic arrangements of the course. They made the course come closest in terms of making training interventions of this kind pedagogically relevant," he writes in his course evaluation.
He also proposes that the target audience of the course -- government officials and academics -- be extended to include members of parliament "because of its political influence," and members of National Technical Negotiating Forums, who actually prepare the country’s negotiations mandate, and carry out the negotiations.