Virtual Institute members are invited to apply for admission into the next UNCTAD Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda (http://p166.unctad.org) to be held in Lima, Peru, 18 June to 8 July.
The three-week course, originally targeted at high-level government officials, has recently benefited from the participation of Vi members, some of whom have also contributed as local resource persons.
The courses held in Beirut, Bangkok and Cairo counted with the expertise of Vi members Manoj Pant (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), Francis Matambalya (University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania), Talib Awad (University of Jordan) and Mehdi Fakheri (School of International Relations, Iran). Many Vi associate members also participated. Feedback from participants indicates an appreciation for the opportunity given government officials and academics to interact and exchange perspectives on issues key to the development of their countries.
The course addresses the issue of economic development and how different external and internal factors (international financial system, trade, investment, transfer of technology, development of entrepreneurship, efficient trade support services, and information and communication technologies) can contribute to the attainment of national development goals of the country.
Please see special instructions for Vi members below:
1. Participants - UNCTAD will cover local costs for all selected participants, such as accommodation and some meals and provide a sufficient subsistence allocation to cover other meals, as well as personal expenses. Participants themselves are responsible for their medical insurance, visa, and to cover the cost of their travel to and from
Candidates must be endorsed by their government through the diplomatic mission in
Follow the links below for more information on the course and on how to apply:
2. Resource persons- As for participants, UNCTAD covers local expenses. In addition, it covers economy air travel to and from
Resource persons do not need to be approved by the government - the decision is taken directly by UNCTAD. Those interested in participating as resource persons are invited to send us the titles of their presentations with one-paragraph descriptions of the content and points that they would like to make. We then transmit this information to the focal points in UNCTAD who are in charge of putting together the programmes of individual modules. They will assess whether the proposed presentation fits into the module, and may contact you to discuss further. Final decision on resource persons rests with the module sponsoring division.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at vi.unctad.org.