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WTO Call For Papers For New Trade Economist Thematic Award



WTO Call For Papers For New Trade Economist Thematic Award

The WTO has issued a call for papers for the new WTO Trade Economist Thematic Award. Trade experts at universities in developing countries are invited to submit case studies on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade and trade policy. The winning paper will be rewarded with a prize of CHF 5,000.

The WTO is launching the new Trade Economist Thematic Award in response to the urgent need to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected trade and supply chains. The submitted papers are expected to provide important information on how countries’ trade policy responses are dealing with disruptions caused by the crisis.

The case studies must address one of the following themes:

  • trade policy responses to COVID-19, their design and effectiveness
  • the impact of measures adopted during the pandemic on goods and services trade
  • trade policy and trade effects of COVID-19 on small and medium-sized enterprises, women and rural areas.

Winning paper

The winning paper will be awarded a prize of CHF 5,000 and will be published in the WTO Working Paper series. The author(s) of selected papers will be invited to present their papers at a WTO webinar.

Selection committee

The panel responsible for the selection of the winning paper comprises Advisory Board members of the WTO Chairs Programme and the Director of the WTO’s Economic Research and Statistics Division ex-officio.


The papers submitted must be country or sector-specific, preferably using a theoretical and empirical approach that combines rigorous research with specific information on trade policy responses to the crisis.

Trade experts at universities in developing countries may contribute papers. The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD/Master’s degree. The academic institution awarding the degree must be located in developing countries that are WTO members or observers. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement applies to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the award, papers cannot exceed 15,000 words.


Papers must be submitted by 30 September 2020. The selection panel will take a final decision by 15 December 2020. Only the author(s) of short-listed papers will be notified.


Submissions should be sent to They should include as separate attachments in PDF format: 1. the paper; 2. the CV of the author(s), specifying current affiliation(s) and the academic institution awarding the degree.

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JAMB Regularization For Candidates Admitted Into Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Distance Learning Undergraduate Programmes



JAMB Regularization For Candidates Admitted Into Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Distance Learning Undergraduate Programmes

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Distance Learning Centre (DLC) management has published the procedure for admitted candidates to regularize their admission with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

JAMB Regularization for Candidates Admitted  into ABU Distance Learning Programmes

All new students are expected to visit the nearest JAMB state office in their state of domicile with their relevant documents of admission to regularize their admissions. This should be done unfailingly immediately after the conclusion of screening and admission before the commencement of their first examination in the Centre.

It should be noted that the above procedure for the regularization can only be done in a state office of JAMB and not in a JAMB CBT accredited Centre. The JAMB presently charged N3,500 for the service. This is without prejudice to any adjustments that may be made by JAMB in the future.

The regularization should be done on the Distance Learning Program platform on the JAMB portal only not on part-time or sandwich platform.

In conclusion of the above procedure and acquisition of a JAMB regularization number, the evidence as provided by JAMB should be submitted to the liaison offices or sent to the Secretary’s office at the Distance Learning Centre’s Headquarters for further processing.

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