Exim Bank of India Announces the Winner of the BRICS Economic Research Award 2018  

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Mumbai, July 27, 2018: Dr. Zheli He was declared the winner of Export-Import Bank of India’s (Exim Bank’s) BRICS Economic Research Award 2018 for her doctoral thesis titled “Essays on International Trade, Welfare and Inequality”, during the 8thAnnual BRICS Financial Forum hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, on July 25, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Award comprises prize money of Indian Rupees 1.5 million (approximately USD 23,000), a medal and a citation. The Award was presented to the winner by Mr. Frans Baleni, Deputy Chairman, Development Bank of Southern Africa, in the presence of the top officials of the member development banks from BRICS viz Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES); Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs of Russia, Vnesheconombank (VEB); and, China Development Bank (CDB). The Exim Bank’s occasional paper based on Dr. He’s Award winning thesis was also released on the occasion.

The Winning Thesis

Dr. Zheli He received her doctoral degree in 2017 from the Columbia University, USA. She is currently working as an Economist at the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative, USA.

The BRICS Economic Research Award

In the context of India’s Chairmanship of the BRICS Forum during 2016, and under Exim Bank’s Presidency of the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism, Exim Bank instituted the BRICS Economic Research Award in March 2016. The objective of the Award is to stimulate and encourage advanced doctoral research on economics related topics of contemporary relevance to the member nations of BRICS.

The BRICS Economic Research Award represents Exim Bank’s on-going efforts at promoting research in the area of international economics, trade & development and related financing. The Award accepted as entries, doctoral thesis written by nationals of any of the five member nations of BRICS, who have been awarded a doctorate or accepted for award of a doctorate from any University or academic institution globally. The details of the Award were disseminated globally through advertisements in print and electronic media.