University of Nairobi don wins prestigious World Trade Organization award
A Kenyan lecturer has won the World Trade Organization Award on Trade Economist Thematic for developing countries.
Majune Kraido Socrates a Ph.D candidate and School of Economics tutorial fellow at the University of Nairobi won the 2020 Award, which focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected trade and trade policy.
His paper based on a weekly series of product-by-country data for imports and exports over a one-year period from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 analyses, “The Effect of Lockdown Policies on International Trade Flows from Developing Countries: Event Study Evidence from Kenya.”
The paper focused on how Kenya's imports and exports were affected by lockdown measures that were imposed by trading partners to contain the spread of the virus.
The WTO selection panel committee comprised of trade economists at the WTO, seven advisory board members of the WTO chairs programme and the Director of the WTO's Economic Research and Statistics Division (ERSD), Robert Koopman, found Socrates’ paper outstanding both methodologically and analytically, in addition to being well written. The ward comes with a cash prize of Sh600, 000.