A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development

Study tour materials



The Vi offered students of the Master's programme in International Trade Policy of core Vi member, the University of the West Indies (UWI), a training programme on trade and development topics May 17-27. The 12th organized by the Vi for UWI, the study tour brought eight students to Geneva for sessions delivered by experts from UNCTAD and other Vi partner organizations.

The first week’s programme focused on UNCTAD’s core work on trade policy issues. Experts led discussions on foreign direct investment (FDI); competition policy; technology and innovation; transfer of technology, trade facilitation; climate change and the 2030 Development Agenda.

Michael Lim, of the Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL) stressed the importance of linking science, and technology capabilities with innovation, rather than focusing solely on research and development. He added that Caribbean country universities should consider emphasizing this area in their curricula.


Tuesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 18
Thursday,  May 19
  • Climate change and development, Henrique Pacini, Division of International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Rolf Traeger, Division on Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, UNCTAD
Friday, May 20
Monday, May 23
Tuesday, May 24
  • Simulation exercise, Kalman Kalotay & Michael Lim, UNCTAD
  • Group presentations:

                         Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Marine Resources (MAFM)

                         Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)

                         Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)

Wednesday, May 25
Thursday,  May 26
Friday, May 27
  •  Migration and the dispora, Tauhid Pasha, Senior Specialist, Labour Migration, IOM
  • Tobacco and trade, Benn McGrady, technical legal officer, National Capacity, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health