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Seventeen universities to join the WTO’s Chairs Programme

Seventeen universities from least-developed and developing country members have been selected as new members of the WTO’s Chairs Programme, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced at a meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development on 10 November. She warmly welcomed these new participants and highlighted the importance of the Chairs Programme in enhancing knowledge and understanding of the international trading system among academics and policy makers in beneficiary countries.


DG Okonjo-Iweala also announced the intention to admit institutions more frequently to the WTO Chairs Programme on a rolling basis in the future. “Having looked closely into the existing structure of the Programme, I believe there is greater benefit to be had if we are to admit a smaller number of candidates more frequently, rather than a larger number in intervals of four years like in the past. This will allow us to make the programme even more representational, enhance its visibility and generate more momentum in the Chairs network and with members,” she said.

Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang praised the achievements of the programme. He said: “For a decade, WTO Chairs have produced a significant amount of relevant research outputs and study programmes. On many occasions, they have provided evidence-based and applied research to policy makers and stakeholders to support trade policy formulation. This shows that the Programme has been fruitful and has long-term sustainability.”

Ambassador Muhammad Mujtaba Piracha, the Chair of the Committee on Trade and Development, said: “The Chairs Programme offers a platform for training new generations of trade experts, generating new ideas, insights and innovative responses to challenges facing our members. When members have evidence-based research, facts, figures and advice at their disposal, this promotes economically and legally sound policy choices in beneficiary countries.”

The WTO Chairs Programme was launched in 2010 as a capacity-building programme to improve knowledge and understanding of the multilateral trading system through the Chairs' teaching, research and outreach activities in developing and least-developed country members. An independent external evaluation in 2019 by SAANA Consulting showed that the Chairs Programme has played a unique role in generating trade expertise and providing policy advice to governments and other stakeholders in the regions.

The 17 new participants were selected from a total of 126 applications from academic institutions from 54 WTO members following a rigorous selection process led by the Chairs Programme Academic Advisory Board. Special attention was paid to selecting institutions from regions that were previously under-represented by the Programme and from least-developed countries. The 17 new members will join the Chairs Programme network, which will now consist of 36 universities. The expanded Chairs Programme network will strengthen the opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration between universities, and outreach activities with policy makers. 

The 17 selected institutions are:

1. Cameroon, Université de Yaoundé II ,Yaoundé

2. China, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing

3. Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá

4. Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional, Heredia

5. Ecuador, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar Sede, Quito

6. Egypt, Cairo University, Cairo

7. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

8. India, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi

9. Lesotho, National University of Lesotho, Maseru

10. Nepal, Kathmandu University School of Management, Lalitpur

11. Pakistan, Lahore School of Economics, Lahore

12. Peru, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, Lima

13. Rwanda, University of Rwanda, Kigali

14. Chinese Taipei, National Taiwan University, Taipei

15. Tanzania, Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa, Arusha

16. Uzbekistan, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

17. Viet Nam, Foreign Trade University, Hanoi

For more information, please visit the website of the WTO Chairs Programme.

www.wto.org/wcp

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 11/26/2021 04:22:00 PM,

Promoting diversity at the workplace


Ms. Habiba Sulman, Head Diversity & Inclusion at Faysal Bank (Ltd.) visited the Lahore School of Economics on Thursday, November 11, 2021 to give a talk to BBA III students who are enrolled in the course of “OB &HRM”.

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Organisational Behaviour


Ms.Toima Asghar, Chief HR Officer of Human Capital Division at Systems Limited visited the Lahore School of Economics on Tuesday, November, 09, 2021 and gave a talk to BBA III students who are enrolled in the course of “OB & HRM”. She discussed the role of communication for an effective organization, impact of COVID 19 on the organizational behavior & human resource management and opportunities and challenges for graduates entering the Workforce.

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Making of an AD and the role of the AD agency


Mr. Asad Rizvi , Marketing Head at OLX delivered a talk to the students of MBA II who are enrolled in the course of “Marketing Strategy” on Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Mr. Asad covered machenics of  making of an AD and the role of the AD agency. 

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Sales Force Management


Mr. Usman Amjad, Head of Sales of Packages (Ltd.) visited the Lahore School of Economics on Monday, November 08,2021 to give a talk to MBA II students who are enrolled in the course of “Sales Force Management”. He discussed how to create new leads, how to deal with failure, power of listening for a salesperson, how to motivate a salesperson, how to identify the right buying centers, importance of networking and role of compensation plan in relation to the target set for a sales person.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 11/09/2021 10:31:00 AM,

Strategic Management


Mr. Ausaf Qureshi, Director Special Projects of Fatima Group visited the Lahore School of Economics on Wednesday, November 03, 2021 to give a talk to BBA IV students who are enrolled in the course of “Strategic Management”.

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Strategic Management


On November 03, 2021, Mr. Kamran A. Zuberi - CEO of Finja Lending Services (Ltd.) gave a talk to BBA IV students who are enrolled in the course of “Strategic Management”. He discussed Gender inequality and discrimination, harassment at work place and oher issues related to Corporate Governance. Zuberi talked about corporate governance and why employees can’t make decisions on their own. 

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Sales Force Management


Mr. Khurram Javaid, Head of Marketing at Fauji Foods (Ltd.) visited the Lahore School of Economics on Tuesday, November 02, 2021 and gave a talk to MBA II students who are enrolled in the course of “Sales Force Management”.

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