Sun, surf and conference papers Reply

The 2nd International Conference on International Trade and Investmentwith the theme, ‘Financial Crisis and Trade and Investment in Developing Countries’, was organized by the University of Maurtitius and the WTO Chairs Programme and was held on 24 – 26 October 2012 at the Hotel le Meridien in Mauritius.

Dawid, Ermie, Sonja and WIlma at the conference

The conference was a wonderful networking opportunity as all the participants focus their research and/or teaching on international trade and investment. Some delegates have exceptional expertise in these fields and many discussions on possible cooperation took place during the tea and lunch breaks, but ALSO on the beautiful beach during the cocktail functions!

The keynote address at the conference was from Prof Oliver Morrissey of the University of Nottingham with the theme: “Well Past Doha: Trade and Investment Issues for Africa in the current economic environment”.  The conference also included a Round Table discussion on “The Financial Crisis, International Investment and Trade” and the panel included Prof O. Morrissey of the University of Nottingham in the UK, Prof.H Kramer of the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, Dr. A Keck of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Mr. R Munoz-Moreno of the World Bank,  Prof. R. Grynberg, senior research fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development and Policy Analyis (BIDPA) and Hon Sayyad Abd-Al-Cader Sayen-Hossen (Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection of Mauritius).  A plenary session included the following two topics: “They prefer it Rough: The future of diamond beneficiation in Botswana” by Prof. Roman Grynberg and “The Crisis of the European Monetary Union: Origins, Consequences, Remedies – A Critical Assessment of Common Explanations and Adopted Measures” by Prof Hagen Kramer.  More…

Ciao Rimini – Prof Saayman teaches in Italy Reply

With the exams going on campus we are also changing up the blog posts from this week onwards. We start with a travel and teaching report from Prof Andrea Saayman:

The students in Rimini

Every now and then all lecturers and professors are glad that they remain in the teaching and research profession.  There are a number of gratifying moments in the university environment and most of it has to do with living your passion (some others include when students you never thought would pass, actually do so!).  Talking about my research passion is such a moment for me and therefore I’m grateful for the chance to present lectures as part of the International Masters degree in Tourism Economics and Management at the University of Bologna in Rimini.  In my normal lectures, I seldom get the chance to tell students about the research I do and therefore I thoroughly enjoy the lectures in Rimini. (A special thanks to Prof. Paolo Figini who invited me.)

Being an international course, the language of instruction is English, which suits me since my Italian is barely sufficient to order a meal at the local pizzeria!  This year the class has about 40 students, of which approximately half is not Italian.  The students come from everywhere – China, Egypt, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Jordan – which creates a real cosmopolitan ambiance in the classroom.  The most difficult part for me is to find the right balance between economic theory and application, since the students come from varying undergraduate backgrounds.  I’m afraid that my explanation of some basic economic concepts might bore some to death, while for others I am flying too quickly over these concepts. More…

MTBPS, mid-term budget, mini-budget Reply

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    Gordhan trims SA growth forecast for 2012 to 2.5% (2.7% previously). #MTBPS @cnbcafrica
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    Economy projected to create 780,000 jobs over the next three years #MTBPS http://bit.ly/TXFwBX
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