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Seventh South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling

The seventh edition of the South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling was held in Kathmandu from 20-24 November 2014. The programme was organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in collaboration with South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi.

The training programme familiarized participants with the use of Computational General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling as a tool for policy analysis and research. The five day event included sessions on the construction of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM), calculation of SAM multipliers, and the use of GAMS software to run CGE models. A short session introducing the GTAP model was also conducted during the training. Additionally, two alumni of the training programme that have made use of CGE models in their research were invited to present their research work during the last working session of the training programme. The presentation part was a testament of the training being successful in imparting ample knowledge for the real time application of CGE models by the participants. The training was participated by 31 young researchers and policymakers from South Asia.