Waseda University, in partnership with major international organization the Inter-American Development Bank, hosted a special seminar on regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean on May 9, 2018.
Waseda and the IDB concluded a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2018, and are now in the process of finalizing an internship agreement. As such, the seminar served as a way to kick off the partnership between the two organizations in earnest. Beginning this fall, students who are committed to contributing to the social and economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean will be able to participate in internships at IDB Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Waseda welcomed IDB Representatives in Asia Mr. Ichiro Oishi and Principal Advisor for Asia Mr. Julio Angel, as well as Manager of the Integration and Trade Sector at IDB Headquarters in Washington D.C. Mr. Antoni Estevadeordal, who explained the IDB’s projects and mission, and offered the audience an introduction into the latest IDB research and analysis, “Connecting the Dots: A Road Map for a Better Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.” The seminar examined the current state of free trade in Latin American and Caribbean regional trade blocs such as the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) and the Pacific Alliance, as well as the challenges each country in the region must overcome to reap the economic benefits of free trade.
Close to fifty students from the Graduate Schools of Asia-Pacific Studies, Political Science, Economics, Business and Finance, as well as the School of International Liberal Studies attended the event and had the chance to engage in a lively discussion with the presenters. Waseda is eager to cultivate more partnerships like the one with IDB, because they provide students with career development opportunities to work at international organizations so that they are able to gain the skills necessary to contribute to the international community in the future.