On 13 August three separate WTO funded awards were given at the TRADE-WTO Award function. These awards aim to recognise and encourage excellent scholarship and research on WTO related themes. The awards were given to for the best PhD thesis, the best WTO related paper and the most promising honours student at TRADE.
Dr Ernst Idsardi received the award for the best PhD thesis, titled “South Africa’s Agricultural Product Space: Diversifying for Growth and Employment.”
Earlier this year WTO Chair prize for the best Masters’ dissertation was presented to Mr Francois van Heerden at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Academic Prestige function. The title of his dissertation was: “Identifying employment-intensive export sectors in South Africa’s services industry”.
Antoinette van der Merwe and Prof Wilma Viviers received the award for the best research paper. The title of their paper was “Promoting sustainable economic growth in South Africa through the production and export of low-carbon environmental goods.”
And finally, Gabriel Mhonyera was awarded the prize for the most promising honours student of 2015 following some excellent academic results during the first semester of the year.
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