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  INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT KOZHIKODE I󰁮 A󰁳󰁳󰁯󰁣󰁩󰁡󰁴󰁩󰁯󰁮 󰁷󰁩󰁴󰁨 P RESSS  R ELEASE D AY  1 MODEL UNITED NATIONS E CONOMICS , P OLITICS   AND  S OCIAL  S CIENCES S TUDENTS ’ I NTEREST  G ROUP  P RESENTS  Tere are a few overarching observations and emotions that hold true for college fes-tivals across the country, be it engineering, commerce, or management institutes: the manic preparation by overworked student committees, the successful usurping of tepid mess food by succulent Subway morsels, rock bands and stand-up acts, empty hostels as students go home…wait, what?Sadly, Backwaters has been greeted with an en masse exodus to places ranging from Goa to Gokarna. We are grateful for everyone who decided to stay back and contribute positively to the fest. In an impressionable and growling sapling of a college like IIM Kozhikode, your influence is more likely to bear long-lasting fruits and leave a mark. With this hope in mind, we have kick-start-ed the first Model United Nations at IIMK and are happy to present the report from the International Press covering the events on the first day.We look forward to this initiative strength-ening in the years to come, and maybe someday more students from our college will be there to enjoy it. I󰁮󰁴󰁥󰁲󰁮󰁡󰁴󰁩󰁯󰁮󰁡󰁬 P󰁲󰁥󰁳󰁳:  A󰁢󰁨󰁩󰁳󰁨󰁥󰁫 I󰁹󰁥󰁲, A󰁪󰁩󰁮󰁫󰁹󰁡 P󰁡󰁲󰁡󰁢, K󰁯󰁵󰁳󰁴󰁡󰁶 P󰁡󰁬, K󰁲󰁩󰁴󰁴󰁩󰁫󰁡 S󰁷󰁡󰁭󰁥󰁥, P󰁲󰁡󰁳󰁡󰁮󰁮󰁡 K󰁵󰁭󰁡󰁲 EditorialModel UN Day 1 M ODEL  UN IIMK - P RESS   RELEASE  D AY  1 | P AGE  01E CONOMICS , P OLITICS   AND  S OCIAL  S CIENCES  G ROUP , IIMK B ACKWATERS  2014  WTO The MUN WTO discussions that started in the bright morning of 31st of Oct at 11am saw delegates of various countries engaging in a plethora of topics related to trade facilitation in the African countries, the existing trade barriers, and the role that can be played by WTO and developed countries thereof. The opening speech was kick-started by the Republic of India, asking the fellow delegates to discuss the trade facilitation of the African countries and the important role played by WTO. Sitting at the far corner and beside the delegate of Chad was the delegate of USA, and he spoke about the inequality among the African countries. Few important points raised in the first session of the discussion were made by the delegates of Nigeria, China, India and Australia. The Chinese delegate talked about governance and trade not being independent but complementary, and proposed the empowerment of consumers and the need for more stable governance in the African countries so that trade relation can improve.The delegate of Australia summarized the plausible problems plaguing trade & investment in the African countries. Few barriers to trade in Africa as pointed out by the delegate were locational disadvantage, colonization problems, and so on, and the point was well appreciated by the other delegates. Overall, the delegates in the first session were more focused on solutions rather than problems.The motion to discuss specific problems pertaining to African countries had to pass three times to see light. Issues including infrastructure, skilled labour, foreign investments, and epidemics were discussed. An informal caucus followed and delegates were split into two groups: African countries and the rest. Each tried to bring a consensus topic for discussion, which was followed by negotiation between the two groups. However, once the moderated session started, disagreements over the issues to discuss crept in, resulting in dying of various motions.The post lunch session saw the news of Ebola breaking out in Swaziland, one of the participating countries. Chair called upon the delegates to note on the recent development of first case of Ebola in Swaziland. After the news was declared by the Chair, a separate motion was raised to discuss the case of Ebola. Surprisingly, the Swaziland delegate was one of the last to voice her opinion on the topic and not before the chair pointed out that fact. Another issue discussed post lunch was ‘Made in Africa’ proposed by the delegate of Chad. After the tea break and unmonitored caucus, two groups were split again to write the working papers. Two working papers were presented by the end of the day. Numerous reasons were pointed out pertaining to the problems faced by African countries and solutions were discussed. Questions were raised, factual inaccuracies were corrected and authors agreed to come up with more detailed papers on the next day. M ODEL  UN IIMK - P RESS   RELEASE  D AY  1 | P AGE  02E CONOMICS , P OLITICS   AND  S OCIAL  S CIENCES  G ROUP , IIMK B ACKWATERS  2014  The day kicked off right on time in the beautiful God’s own Kampus. 26 delegates were all set to negotiate and come up with solutions for a noble cause of developing African nations. As expected, there were heated discussions and counter arguments by the delegates. However, there were quite a number of light moments throughout the day. To err is human. On that note, frustration on the initial non-working of mike may be forgiven. Delegates were caught multiple times with factual inaccuracies. We are sure by now we know the difference between countries and continents and cities. The delegate of Australia had to unlearn his previous MUN knowledge in the morning, but he dazzled the group with his knowledge on articles, clauses, and agreements of WTO. There is always more to learn and he seemed to learn that only from the delegate of China. We are sure her change of pants to skirt didn’t go unnoticed by him (nor by us!). There were few who attained Nirvana and didn’t seem to bother with the worldly issues. This includes a delegate sitting in the back, one in the front and one on the left. Probably, we need an eleventh commandment, ‘Thou shall speak’ on Day 2 for these hermits to open their mouth.Their subdued silence was more than made up by the delegate of India who seemed to be incorrigibly interested in leading the pack. Never missing a chance to raise his voice, the Indian delegate punched way above his weight from the back. A first time MUNer, the delegate of Brazil seemed more like a Supply Chain Management professional interested in Operations & Commodities. The delegate from IMF spoke brilliantly. Her language is admirable and runs at MagLev speed. This probably attracted the US delegate who almost said that they ‘own’ IMF.Speaking of breaking the rules, in spite of warning not to use internet during the proceedings, few delegates dared to question the rule and Googled. Interesting ‘punishments’ were awarded for delegates who violated the rule. We wonder, however, why the rest of the crowd was punished instead. While the singing and juggling were passable, there was a walking dance which boggled our minds. It seemed more like an Ostrich trying to rap its head. The grapevine says that the Cuban delegate asked the delegate of Nigeria, “What else you do other than juggling?” and made him blush. Until then, ‘Why so serious!’ tag suited him the best.Contrary to the popular perception of being haughty, delegates were found humble and apologized quite liberally, perplexing the Chair. A delegate even went on to pledge generous amount for the other delegate’s country. When asked in the lunch break, outsiders were polite and kind enough to rate the mess food good. (This should’ve been given as the punishment instead!) Later in the day, your reporter had a press meet with the delegates. We believe we did a decent job out of it (We, on the other hand, are no so humble!). The Portuguese delegate seemed determined to maintain bonhomie with the other delegates as he supported almost all of the motions that were raised. By the end of the day, it was established though that the Japanese delegate was pretty confused.  B󰁥󰁡󰁴󰁩󰁦󰁩󰁣 H󰁥󰁲󰁭󰁩󰁴󰁳 󰁡󰁮󰁤 E󰁢󰁯󰁬󰁡 O󰁵󰁴󰁢󰁲󰁥󰁡󰁫󰁳 M ODEL  UN IIMK - P RESS   RELEASE  D AY  1 | P AGE  03E CONOMICS , P OLITICS   AND  S OCIAL  S CIENCES  G ROUP , IIMK B ACKWATERS  2014
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