The Virtual Institute university members will meet in Geneva to review the year's achievements, set priorities, and develop the work programme for the network.
This key activity gives member universities a stake in the direction of the network and ownership of the project's activities. The meeting also serves as a professional networking opportunity and a chance to exchange ideas and best practices on the teaching and research of trade issues.
This year's keynote speaker, trade expert HE Mr. Carlos Perez del Castillo, former ambassador of Uruguay in Geneva, will discuss the current situation and prospects for WTO negotiations from the perspective of developing countries.
The programme also includes substantive sessions on transfer of technology, regional trade agreements, and trade data analysis. Working sessions will deal with localizing training material, working with the Vi website and developing joint projects.