Congratulations on Global Think Tank rankings
ARTNeT managed to reach the rank of 25th among the regional networks of think tanks in the  Global Think Tank Report 2019, by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, thanks to all our active members, partners and collaborators.
ARTNeT congratulates its institutional members for being featured in the TTCSP 2019 report. We will work with these and other members to enhance their opportunities of networking and strengthening the role of think tanks in evidence-based policymaking in Asia and the pacific. The mentioned institutions are listed below:
  • Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
  • Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI)
  • Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Indian Council for Research on International Economic Research (ICRIER)
  • Institute for Applied International Trade (IAIT)
  • Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
  • Institute of Public Policy and Administration (University Central Asia)
  • Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
  • Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI)
  • Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
  • Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
  • Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

Additionally, several of our associate partners and collaborating institutions also achieved remarkably successful ranking and we would like to offer our congratulations to them as well (here in alphabetical order):

  • Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

ARTNeT Working Paper, No.188

What role should connectivity play in reenergising South Asia? by Prabir De and Durairaj Kumarasamy.
February 2020
The renewed and shared agenda of the South Asian regional cooperation should aim to reduce both intra- and inter- regional trade facilitation gaps as well as to expand the connectivity. South Asia has to enact its own connectivity and trade facilitation arrangement to take forward the agenda of South Asian integration. The analysis of this paper indicates that South Asia may gain enormously if they reduce the conflicts across the border and secure improvement in both hard and soft infrastructure. Facilitating business beyond border means an enhanced trade facilitation and connectivity in the region. 

ARTNeT e-Forum entry

Does regional integration move a needle towards a gender parity in South Asia? By Badri N. Gopalakrishnan and Deepika Wadhwa
This new entry to the ARTNeT e-forum discusses a recent study on how to measure the impact of trade liberalization and regional integration measures on gender employment and wages. The study incorporates gender-differentiated employment and wages for selected South Asian economies across sectors to identify targeted value chains and economic activities, particularly among green trade sectors.
For the full entry please go here.

Recent Events

ARTNeT Seminar "The False Economy of Geoeconomics" by Dr. Shiro Armstrong
29 January, 2020, Bangkok.
Dr. Shiro Armstrong explained how the economic environment of Asia and the Pacific is changing and how different nations in the region are reacting to protect both their economic and security interests. These changes are being driven by the rise of China and the subsequent increase in tension with the US and now countries are being ushered towards a binary choice between one of the two super powers, however this type of decision does not necessarily have to occur.
For more information please go here.
ARTNeT Seminar "Untapped Regional Integration Potential: A Global Frontier Analysis" by Dr. Dominik Naeher
11 February, 2020, Bangkok
In this seminar, Dr. Dominik Naeher presented a new paper which demonstrated a new and novel method to estimate untapped regional integration potential across geographical subregions of the world. The methodology shows subregions that are currently at an optimal level and the gap between the frontier of these regions from others is the level of untapped potential.  The results suggest that, globally, average subregional integration levels are currently at 60 percent of the estimated potential.
For more information please follow this link.

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Trade: What Role for Voluntary Sustainability Standards?
24 March, 2020, Bangkok
This event will bring together experts from governments, international organisations, businesses and civil society organisations to share knowledge, learnings, and good business practices of green trade, including those identified in the implementation of the UNCTAD project Fostering green exports through VSS, key findings from ESCAPs Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2019: Navigating Non-tariff measures towards sustainable development, and knowledge by UN agencies forming part of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS).
The Asia-Pacific People's Forum on Sustainable Development 2020
25-27 March, 2020, Bangkok
This is the seventh year of the APFSD. Each year, it is organised as an inclusive inter-governmental forum. Major groups and other stakeholders are invited to participate and contribute to shaping the regional development agenda.

Recent events by members

World Sustainable Development Summit 2020
29-31 January, 2020
ARTNeT member TERI has recently held its flagship event, the WSDS 2020. This conference was themed around moving towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by bringing together global leaders and practitioners to help tackle related problems. The summit hosted a wide range of events, including business friendly sessions, fireside chats, cutting chai conversations, plenaries, thematic tracks and a clean-tech exhibition. 
The United States Free and Open Indo Pacific: Implications for Southeast Asia and Indonesia
10 February, 2020
CSIS recently held a lecture by Dr. Ann Marie Murphy, about how the power dynamics in Asia has shifted over the recent years with the rise of China. The main focus was on assessing the implications of this shift for Southeast Asia. In particular, the opportunity and challenges for U.S.-Indonesian cooperation moving forward.


Foreign Collaboration
The Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (IBA) is working on a research project involving international trade and artificial intelligence. They're planning to use artificial intelligence to provide assistance to the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) in matching exporters with markets having high export potential via: Developing a big-data repository, developing advanced Machine learning models, identifying export competitiveness at firm level through SWOT and newsfeed data and the design and development of an online portal.
IBA are looking for experts in the field of artificial intelligence and economics in the ARTNeT community to provide insights on global best practices in the.
For further information upon this please contact IBA (Dr. Aadil Nakhoda) directly or the ARTNeT secretariat.

David Hopper Prizes for Leadership in Research for Development
Deadline, 18 March, 2020
The International Development Research Centre is accepting applications for a funding opportunity. These prizes are available to outstanding researchers from low or middle-income countries who have previously received or currently receive IDRC support. The application process is by nomination only; an institution must nominate a candidate
More information is available here...
Women's Fund Asia SFM 2020-21
Deadline, 25 February, 2020
WFA is pleased to announce the Call for Applications 2020-21 under the grant-making programme, Strengthening Feminist Movements.
They are looking for women and trans rights activists, groups, networks, and organisations working at the local, subnational and national levels from the following 17 Asian countries--Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam--are eligible to apply for this call. 
For more information please go here.
Application for grants
Deadline, 31 March, 2020
Co-Impact is looking to invite submissions from qualified organisations and partnerships for our third round of systems change grants. The applications should focused on supporting transformative systems change initiatives that: 
  • Achieve lasting outcomes in health, education, and/or economic opportunity in low- and middle-income countries in the Global South,
  • Have credible and compelling strategies for changing specific systems,
  • Are led by organisations rooted in the countries in which they seek to make a difference,
  • Meaningfully address gender equity and inclusion, and
  • Are on a path to improve the lives of one million people or more.
More information here.

Call for Papers; 'Multinational Firms and the Global Transmission of Gender Policy and Practice'
March 31, 2020
UNCTAD is issuing a call for papers for an upcoming special issue, based upon multinational firms and gender policy. The topics shall include areas such as cross-country differences in legal frameworks and policies related to women’s employment and empowerment, micro-evidence on the ability of multinationals to promote women empowerment, as well as many others.
For more information please go here.

New tools and datasets

TINA, Trade and Intelligence Negotiation Advisor
February, 2020
The Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID) of ESCAP have just released a new system that allows you to look into negotiation of trade agreements by providing insights into current tariffs, agreements and bilateral trade flows, as well as identifying commodities to negotiate better tariffs on. The aim of this system is to assist ESCAP member states in the negotiation of trade agreements, with the ultimate objective of enhancing trade in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For more information please go to the TINA webpage.
Portal for the linkages between Non-Tariff Measures and the SDGs
February 2020
ESCAP have just released a new portal that allows us to see the NTMs that are in place in countries, but extends beyond the Asia-Pacific region. The portal breaks down the share of NTMs that the country has in place that impact the different SDGs and also shows the world average share of NTMs for the relevant SDGs.
To find this portal go here.
WTO launches revamped WTO Data portal and new API portal
7 February, 2020
The WTO has launched a revamped WTO Data portal and a new WTO API portal to improve access to its international trade statistics and other WTO-related information. The latest features on the two portals aim to make it easier to find and share WTO data.
For more information follow this link.

Training opportunities

Online Course for Trade and Gender Linkages by UNCTAD
Deadline, 26 February, 2020
Are you interested in making a difference by mainstreaming gender into trade policies and trade-related projects? If so, then this online course provided by UNCTAD is for you. The course will look at the economy form a gender perspective, how to influence policy and how trade integration can help influence gender outcomes in different sectors.
For more information and application please follow one of the following links:

Publications from ARTNeT members and partners

Thinking Aloud, Issue 9 "South Asian Countries in Global Trade"
February, 2020
SANEM's latest issue of thinking aloud focuses on how South Asia is fairing in the current trade turmoil and what steps should be taken and reforms should be taken to aid the region. It further analyses trade logistics and the need for increase transportation infrastructure facilitation. Finally the paper wraps up past events that happened in January. 

Digitalisation and Development: Issues for India and Beyond
This book investigates the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on development and well-being (beyond economic benefits) and highlights some emerging issues relating to the realities, constraints and digital divides with particular reference to India. The book establishes an aggregate relationship between ICT exposure and well-being at the country level and addresses a number of fundamental issues, such as whether ICT raises the level of transparency and governance. Based on case studies and anecdotal evidence, it then further assesses the effective implementation of service delivery through ICT innovations.

Potential Exports and Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade: India National Study
January 2020
ADB have just released a new study on "Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: India National Study". It focuses on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, and on export products that have the potential to increase their market share in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal.
For the full report go here.

Act East to Act Indo-Pacific: india's Expanding Neighbourhood
February 2020
This book covers ten major themes that present a transition from Look East Policy to Act East Policy to Act Indo-Pacific Policy. Spread across 40 inter-related subjects, this book presents the opportunities, analyses challenges and risks, and discusses the way forward while moving into an Indo-Pacific period. It is an economist’s insight and field experience based analysis that offers guidelines for international cooperation.
For more information and to get hold of a copy please go here.


Revisiting Factor Priorities in the Indian Economy
January, 2020
Produced by authors from the Institute for Studies in In Industrial Development. The underestimation of factor intensities when only direct factor contents are used is addressed in this paper. It expands the scope of measurement to include the indirect effects of factor use, which remain unaccounted for otherwise. It examines the structural coherence of factor proportions with output, exports, and foreign direct investment separately for each tradable sector. Using Semi-Input–Output modelling, factor proportions show a significant underestimation of capital intensity for the economy when compared with direct proportions. The analysis thus reveals that output and export distributions are largely aligned with factor endowments, while FDI distribution is skewed towards sectors with high capital proportions.

US-China Tech War and Semiconductors: How a New Era of Techno-Nationalism is Shaking up Semiconductor Value Chains
January, 2020
This report analyzes the growing US-China tech war and how it is impacting the global semiconductor industry — the critical technology at the core of the world’s commercial and military technology. The purpose of the report is to answer questions about how the US-China tech war is changing global value chains and trade flows in semiconductors, and how both state and non-state actors are behaving in this fluid landscape.
The full report can be downloaded here...

Obstacles of Philippine SMEs' Participation in Global Value Chains
December, 2019
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the economy of many developing countries. In the Philippines, SMEs, including micro-businesses, account for 99.5 percent of firms and 63.2 percent of employment. However, this sector remains much less productive than their large counterparts. One way to help SMEs achieve higher productivity is to connect them to global value chains (GVCs). There are, however, a number of obstacles that make participating in GVCs difficult for SMEs. This paper, by ARTNeT member the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, attempts to determine the challenges as well as the enablers of connecting SMEs to GVCs.
Find the full paper here.

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