NEWSLETTER ISSUE #1/2015       

Local and international experts share their knowledge and experience with TRADE researchers and postgraduate students
 
A number of local and international experts have visited the TRADE research entity over the past year and conducted courses or given lectures to researchers and/or postgraduate students.  
 
In June 2015, the UNCTAD Virtual Institute conducted a workshop on the link between trade and gender, using different forms of empirical analysis. 
 
In September 2015, on a visit to South Africa, Prof Wim Naudé, director of the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, delivered a thought-provoking lecture to the TRADE team on the topic: ‘A fresh look at industrialisation in the BRICS with critical comments for South Africa’. Prof Naudé emphasised the dangers that South Africa faced by failing to implement a well-thought through industrialisation policy – a consequence that is unfortunately playing out in another BRICS member country, Brazil.
 
Also in September 2015, two specialist tutors from the WTO, Cosimo Beverelli and Simon Neumueller, visited TRADE and conducted a four-day training programme on the use of the STATA statistical program for selected members of the team.  The training formed part of the curriculum development component of the WTO Chairs Programme and was designed to enrich postgraduate students’ overall learning experience in respect of  WTO matters and enhance their research skills.
 
In October 2015, the head of research and statistics at the South African Reserve Bank, Dr Johan van den Heever, visited the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus to address the faculty of Economics on the topic: ‘Monetary policy and issues in South Africa’.
 
Also in October 2015, Dr Gustav Brink, an expert in WTO dispute settlement, visited TRADE to deliver a guest lecture as part of the International Trade Law course.
 
In November 2015, Alex Izurieta of the UNCTAD Virtual Institute in Geneva gave a presentation to a group of TRADE team members on some of the highlights of the 2015 Trade and Development Report, titled ‘Making the International Financial Architecture Work for Trade and Development’. The presentation was live streamed to the North-West University from Geneva.
 
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