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EUR 48,851



Addis Ababa University

World Bank / EDF

09/2008 – 10/2008, 09/2009 – 10/2009, 03/2010 & 07/2011

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The Department of Economics at Addis Ababa University is one highest ranked university departments in its field in Africa, based on an African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) ranking. The department runs, with support from the World Bank, a Master Programme in Applied Trade Policy Analysis the objectives of which is to create a pool of applied trade analysts who are capable of handling issues in the international fora such as WTO and regional economic communities such as COMESA. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of ministries of trade and the private sector in Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.

BKP Development provided the international lecturer for the following courses:
  • "International Trade Theory and Policy" (2008; 4 credit hours; 66 contact hours). The course covered the following issues:
  • "Pure" international trade theory: Ricardian model, specific factors model, Heckscher-Ohlin model, new theories of international trade (technology gaps, product cycle, income effects, economies of scale, imperfect competition and foreign outsourcing);
  • The political economy of trade policy;
  • Tariffs, quotas and other barriers to trade (technical barriers, environmental and labour standards);
  • Dumping, subsidies and trade remedies;
  • Overcoming trade barriers: regional integration, the multilateral trade system;
  • Trade, growth and development;
  • Case studies and applications of international trade theory and policy: developing countries and the African context.
  • "Competition Law and Management Practices" (2009 - 2011; 3 credit hours; 48 contact hours): After a brief introduction into the economics of industrial organisation the course provided the basic principles behind international and national competition law and policies, addressing abuse of dominance, horizontal collusion, mergers, and vertical restraints. The major principles and provisions embodied in the competition law of Ethiopia (Trade Practices Proclamation) and related laws, regulations and policy guidelines – including those on state aid – were covered and the economic rationale behind them was analysed. Ethiopia's competition policies were compared with selected other jurisdictions, covering both industrialised and developing countries.
  • Lectures in international trade theory and policy, and competition policy to postgraduate students (Master of Arts in Applied Trade Policy Analysis; Master of Arts in Competition Policy);
  • Advice on curriculum development to university department.