Newsletter - March 2019

ARTNeT publication

The impact of odd-even transportation policy and other factors on pollution in Delhi: A spatial and RDD analysis (AWP182)
This paper is motivated by persistent environmental problems in Delhi, India which present a serious threat to the well-being of the people in the city. The authors use a statistical approach to quantify the relationship between new transportation policy adopted by the Delhi Government, other controlled factors like meteorological conditions, price of fossil fuel, ban on crackers, burning of agriculture residue, among others on the concentration of various gaseous pollutants and air pollution levels at certain measurement stations in Delhi. Moreover, they try to explain whether the odd-even transportation policy has been able to reduce pollution in Delhi both in short and long run and its impact on pollution levels existing in Delhi.  At the end, they suggest some policy measures which should be undertaken to reduce pollution levels in Delhi. The authors are Somesh K Mathur, P M Prasad, Praveen Kulshreshtha, Sangeeta Khorana and Manish Chauhan. For the full publication please visit here

Upcoming event

ARTNeT Seminar Series: 
The determinants of bilateral trade and spillovers from tariffs

Speaker: Ms. Margaux MacDonald, IMF
10:00-10:45; 10 April 2019; Bangkok
Over the past three decades, the price of machinery and equipment fell dramatically relative to other prices in advanced and emerging market and developing economies alike. Could rising trade tensions, slowing pace of trade integration and sluggish productivity growth threaten this potential driver of investment going forward? More...

The price of capital goods: a driver of investment under threat? 
Speaker: Mr. Yannick Timmer, IMF
10:45-11:30; 10 April 2019; Bangkok
The presence of large and rising bilateral trade balances has raised concerns that asymmetric obstacles to trade may distort the international trade system. More...
Please confirm your participation by email to ARTNeT Secretariat at no later than 5 April 2019.

Recent event

Sixth Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week | 11-15 March 2019; Bangkok
A key event of the Week is the Sixth Session of the Committee on Trade and Investment, which provides guidance to ESCAP on its work on bolstering trade and investment cooperation. A record number of 30 member States also attended the intergovernmental steering group on cross-border paperless trade facilitation, which made progress on shaping regional and national action plans to accelerate trade digitalization in Asia-Pacific. 

Among the highlights of the Week was the soft launch of ESCAP’s Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Advisor (TINA), an automated online platform that is designed to assist, particularly developing and least developed countries, with often complex trade negotiations. The platform serves as single repository of trade data drawn from a variety of sources. 

Another highlight was the launch of the Women MSME Fintech Innovation Fund. The Fund will support the expansion of innovative digital and fintech solutions for women-led MSMEs. More...

Information sharing

Call for applications: South Asian Training Program on CGE Modeling
(24-28 August 2019; Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; Deadline: 25 June)
The program will be organized by our members South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka, the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi, and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu. For more information about the call please visit here
Call for papers: South Asia Economic Summit 
(26-27 September 2019; Colombo; Deadline: 30 June)
For more information about the call please visit here
Call for papers: BER Annual Economists’ Conference “Inclusive Growth for Sustainable Development” (6-7 July 2019; Dhaka; Deadline: 25 April) 
The Conference invites submissions from academic researchers, students, and policymakers working on Theoretical or Empirical Economic phenomena. Young economists are particularly encouraged to present their work to an experienced audience. For more information about the call please visit here
Opportunities: Inter-regional Adviser (IRA) in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Graduation at UN HQ (Deadline: 10 April)
The vacancy is in the Development Policy Branch (DPB) of the Economic Analysis and Policy Division (EAPD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Division is mandated to provide strategic/policy support to the UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which advises ECOSOC on emerging development challenges and monitors the eligibility of countries for Least Developed Country (LDC) status, as well as the situation of graduating and graduated countries. For more information about this opportunity please visit here

From our partners & members 

Integrating Southeast Asian SMEs in global value chains: Enabling linkages with foreign investors
This joint OECD-UNIDO report identifies investment and related policies to enhance linkages between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asia and multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their impacts on SME outcomes in Southeast Asia. It documents the findings from a study on leveraging foreign investment in GVCs to create opportunities for Southeast Asian SMEs. For the full publication please visit here

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