International Trade and Finance Association’s 27th International Conference Reply

DA Pole 2During the first week of June Anmar Pretorius and Derick Blaauw attended the International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA’s) 27th International Conference at the Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan, Poland. The topic of the conference was: “Leading Issues in International Trade and Finance”. Delegates from afar as New Zealand, China, India and the United States converged in the beautiful city of Poznan. Both colleagues delivered papers at the conference. Anmar and Derick delivered a joint paper entitled: The Impact of Trade on Stock Market Integration of Emerging Markets. Anmar presented a paper entitled: Exports and Exchange Rate Risk: Analyzing Emerging Market Sectoral Exports – co-authored by Heinrich Nel.

The “Keynote speech” was delivered by Professor Leszek Balcerowicz of the Warsaw School of Economics with the theme “Systematic forces, shocks and economic growth”. Prof Balcerowicz was instrumental in Poland’s economic transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy. Prof Balcerowicz is a former chairman of the National Bank of Poland and also served as Deputy Prime Minister in Tadeusz Mazowiecki’s government. During the lecture Prof Balcerowicz highlighted the importance of fast and sustainable economic growth without neglecting important social issues as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

This was followed by a Plenary Roundtable, chaired by Joseph Pelzman (George Washington University) with the topic of: “Global Economy in 2017 – Business, Institutional and Academic Perspective”. The rest of the conference consisted of 14 parallel sessions and ended with a guided walking tour of the city centre.

The Society’s President, Prof André Fourçans (ESSEC Business School, Paris) delivered an address at the Gala Dinner on the Economics of Climate Change. Issues dealt with included how economists analyse the phenomenon and its impact.

New contacts were made and the possibility of future engagement was discussed with some of the colleagues of the Poznan University of Economics and Business. Further information on the conference can be found at: http://www.itfaconference.org/

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Anmar in LjubljanaLast week Anmar Pretorius presented a paper “Stock market integration of emerging markets: A factor analysis” at the 13th INFINITI conference on international finance held at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 8-9 June 2015. The co-author of the paper is Prof Alain Kabundi.

Derick in SplitDerick Blaauw attended the tenth Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, held at the University of Split in Split, Croatia from 11-14 June 2015. The special focus of the conference was: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contemporary Social Change”. He presented a paper entitled: “The Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) of Waste Pickers in the Free State Province of South Africa”. The paper was co-authored by Anmar Pretorius from the NWU School of Economics as well as two external corroborators namely: Prof. Rinie Schenck, HOD of the Department of Social Work, University of the Western Cape and Dr. Kotie Viljoen from the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. The paper provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the SWB of particularly vulnerable and marginalised sections in South Africa’s informal economy by incorporating variables from the international literature in a South African context. The paper was received very well and will now be readied for submission to an accredited journal.

Derick shared the session with Prof Jutta Gutberlet (University of Victoria in Canada). She is a renowned scholar in the field of recycling in the informal economy in Brazil. They discussed possible areas of research and we hope this will have tangible results in the not too distant future.