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NETRIS Seminar

2010/11/23 05:36:54 PM

UKZN’s School of Economics and Finance recently hosted the second NETRIS seminar.

UKZN’s School of Economics and Finance recently hosted the second NETRIS seminar.

The seminar - Prospects for Trade and Economic Integration in ACP countries: Challenges Facing Regionalism and Regional Integration Arrangements - fostered much discussion plus the exchange of experience (theoretical, empirical and policy relevance) on the key benefits, challenges and prospects of regionalism and regional integration arrangements, from a trading and economic integration perspective.

The first Network for Regional Integration Studies (NETRIS) seminar Researching and Advancing the Good Governance Dimension of Regional Integration took place at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in March 2010. The UKZN representative at the UWI, Miss Vanessa Tang, a lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance, gave a presentation on developmental challenges within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The seminar was opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi,; Mr Eric Maertens, Senior Supervisor of NETRIS and representative of the College of Europe and the United Nations University; and Professor Trevor Jones, Head of the School of Economics and Finance.

Academic contributions from the UKZN School of Economics and Finance to the second NETRIS seminar covered a number of important issues. UKZN Emeritus Professor Merle Holden and Ms Tang gave a presentation on Competitive Bilateralism or Regionalism: A South African Perspective.

International contributions from Europe and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) included: From the College of Europe and United Nations University Ms Maria Macovei, Mr Eric Maertens and Dr Stephen Kingah respectively; From the European Centre for Development Policy Ms Kathleen Van Hove spoke on the Challenges of Translating Regional Integration Commitments at National Level.

From the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr Seydi Dieng looked at the Impact of Regional integration in West African States and Professor Saidou Tall discussed the Participation of non-state actors in integration policies: challenges and constraints at the ECOWAS and UEMOA levels. From the Université de Yaoundé II, Mr Jean Kenfack presented on Legal and Institutional Modelling of the Integration Organisations in the EMCCAS Zone. From Addis Ababa University, Dr Girma Estiphanos and Ms Saba Yifredew looked at Intra-ACP Trade Potential using the Gravity Model. From the University of Dar es Salaam, Professor John Kabudi gave an appraisal of the East African Community Customs Union: The First Five Years of Operation and Professor Joseph Tesha spoke about Capacity Building and Joint Research. Dr Chinyamata Chipeta from the Southern Africa Political Economy Series Trust gave a presentation on the Integration overlap in Southern and Eastern Africa on Regional Integration and Labour Policies in Western Southern Africa, Trade Openness and its Impact on Employment and Inequality and the EU and Economic Partnerhip Agreements.

Professor Timothy Shaw and Dr Mark Kirton from the University of West Indies looked at: Lisbon and the EPAs: Prospects for Regional Development in Africa and the Caribbean. From the University of South Pacific Dr Kifle Kahsai and Dr Sunil Kumar presented on Cooperation and Capacity Building among the Forum Island Countries: Environment and Trade Linkages.

The purpose of NETRIS is to establish and co-ordinate a network of ACP Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) working within the field of (comparative) regional integration. To facilitate such exchange, NETRIS organises bi-annual seminars and a mobility programme.

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