World Bank Economist Speaks at TAMIU March 25

World Bank Economist Speaks
at March 25 IBC Lecture

An economist with the World Bank is the next featured speaker at the Texas A&M International University A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade International Bank of Commerce 2009 Keynote Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room (WHTC 111).

This event is free and open to the public.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center prior to the lecture.

Dr. Eric Swanson, program manager for global monitoring in the World Bank’s Development Data Group, will present “The World Bank and Western Hemisphere: Developmental Challenges in a Global Context.”

Dr. Swanson leads the team that produces the World Development Indicators, the Atlas of Global Development, Global Development Finance and the World Bank’s online databases.

Before assuming his current position, he was as an economist in the World Bank’s research department. Swanson worked on measuring progress in educational systems, trade and competitiveness, macroeconomic modeling and improving statistical systems in developing countries.

He previously worked as a jury selection expert and a regional economic consultant.

Swanson attended Deep Springs College, the University of California at Berkeley, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he completed his Ph.D. in economics with an econometric study of the retention of literacy and numeracy skills by Egyptian primary school students.

The next speaker scheduled for the Series is Dr. Sidney Weintraub, who will present “Western Hemisphere in the New American Administration” on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room.

This Speaker Series presents practical and targeted lectures imparted by distinguished leaders, recognized experts and outstanding scholars in the trade and business arenas.

It brings to the University individuals of exceptional accomplishment and expertise to enhance the academic experience of TAMIU students, faculty and the community.

For more information, please contact Amy Palacios at the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at 326.2820, visit offices in WHTC 222E, e-mail amy@tamiu.edu or visit freetrade.tamiu.edu

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