Newsletter - July 2019

ARTNeT Publication

Fostering cross-border twin cities as instruments for sustainable development
July 2019I
Looking closely at borders in South-East Asia reveals the existence of adjacent townships of different nations that develop across the border with varying degrees of parallelism. Such cross-border twin cities act as production, trade, logistics and border nodes, shaping cross-border value chains and concentrating economic activities, industries, resources, labour forces, knowledge and infrastructure in geographical spaces connected by multimodal transport networks. Literature assessing the development of cross-border twin cities generally reveals cross-cutting socioeconomic benefits for the border zones, indicating strong potential for sustainable and inclusive development. This study hence attempts to build a theoretical framework of cross-border twin cities. More...

From our network

Call for cases: APTFF trade facilitation innovation award
(Deadline: 25 July)
Our partners ESCAP and ADB are inviting the submission of cases of innovative digital and sustainable trade facilitation implementation, reflecting the theme of Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2019. National or subregional trade facilitation innovation cases should feature either (1) implementation of innovative trade facilitation measures not specifically featured in the WTO TFA or other major global conventions or agreements, or (2) trade facilitation measures implemented in an innovative manner, such that they have contributed to at least two of the three pillars of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (economic, social and environmental pillars), or are using emerging digital technologies. More...
ESCAP-World Bank trade cost database: Latest update July 2019
Our partners the ESCAP and World Bank joined hands to develop a common standard methodology for calculating comprehensive international trade costs and provide the research and policy community with a global reference. In addition to maintaining the ESCAP-World Bank trade cost dataset, ESCAP also issued a value-added trade cost database, based on the OECD-WTO TiVA data and which includes trade cost in services. More...
Call for applications: Non-tariff measures and data collection online course (Deadline: 28 July 2019)

The objective of this hands-on technical course by our partner UNCTAD is to increase the understanding of the classification of non-tariff measures (NTMs) and the collection of NTM data. More...
Call for papers: Understanding the costs and benefits of the platform economy - Implications for developing Asia (Deadline: 9 August)

The Conference will be held by our partner and member, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). More information about the call please visit here.  

Call for papers: Trade, global value chains and small and medium-sized enterprises - Country-level (case) study (Deadline: 31 August 2019)

Our partner the ADBI invites submissions of paper proposals for the ADBI research project on “Globalization and small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia.” More...

Upcoming event 

National consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade
Dhaka; 21 July 2019
Kathmandu; 24 July 2019

In moving forward in the area of trade facilitation and paperless trade, legal and technical readiness assessments for cross-border paperless trade have been conducted, under an ESCAP project entitled “Facilitating Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Least Developed Countries for Regional Integration and Sustainable Development (Phase I)”, with the support from Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). National consultations on facilitating cross-border paperless trade will be held, to review the preliminary findings from this work, consolidate and validate the results and develop recommendations and an action plan. For more information please click Bangladesh or Nepal

Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2019
New Delhi; 17-18 September 2019

The Forum will focus on how digital and sustainable trade facilitation measures and practices can bring prosperity to the Asia-Pacific region. The Forum will investigate opportunities from trade digitalization for sustainable development and challenges ahead in materializing such opportunities. It will feature panel discussions, interactive and informative sessions allowing participants to share experiences and perspectives on different aspects of trade facilitation, including trade finance, cross-border e-commerce, paperless trade and innovative application of emerging technologies, among others. The Forum will bring relevant regional initiatives and implementation cases to each session to make it a unique opportunity to share knowledge and practical lessons. More...

SAVE THE DATE! Asia-Pacific Think Tank Summit
Bangkok; 10-12 November 2019

Organised by the ESCAP and TTCSP, with the support of ARTNeT and ERIA, the Asia-Pacific Think Tank Summit will take place on 10-12 November in Bangkok. More information will be coming soon.  

4th ASEAN Economic Integration Forum 2019
Bangkok; 9-10 December 2019

The Forum will highlight keynote on selected sub-themes including business and human rights, rural economic and community-based development, aviation industry, entrepreneurship, trades and investment. There will be parallel sessions to present applied research papers. The Forum strives to feature the identification of and proposals for bridging inter- and intra-regional development gaps in the ASEAN region, to contribute to policy making that looks at holistic and bottom-up approach within the region, to promote meaningful discourse on AEC that goes beyond economic imperatives and to highlight the importance of social forces in promoting ASEAN community. More...

Recent events

ARTNeT Seminar:
Trade and development amidst disruptions - Implications for Asia

Bangkok; 16 July 2019

Opened by ESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary Dr. Hongjoo Hahm, the seminar presented by Dr Mari Pangestu was successfully concluded. With over 60 participants around the region, the discussions were insightful and stimulating. The roles of unilateral reforms, regional economic integration and multilateral trading system have been discussed to unleash the potential benefits of international trade for developing countries. 
Webcast, presentation and more information can be found here.  

Expert group meeting on navigating non-tariff measures toward sustainable development
Bangkok; 11-12 June 2019

This APTIR expert group meeting exchanged and discussed the emerging trends on the use of non-tariff measures in the region, their potential impacts on trade and investment, and good practices in the region. ARTNeT advisor John Gilbert, Utah State University was sharing estimates of the existing costs associated with NTMs, impacts of NTMs on trade and FDI, estimated potential impacts from a reduction in the costs of compliance with NTMs on sustainable development in the session. More...

Technical workshop on value chain development for deeper integration of FEALAC: Asian perspectives
Bangkok; 10-11 July 2019

Collaborated between ESCAP, ECLAC and ADB, the workshop gathered over 40 policy analysts, researchers and policymakers working in Asia-Pacific member states of FEALAC. The workshop reviewed the study in intraregional value chains development and identified emerging opportunities and challenges facing by Asia-Pacific countries in deepening their integration. More...


Product relatedness in the extensive margin of bilateral trade
June 2019I

The paper examines the role of product relatedness in the extensive margin of trade at the bilateral level. The paper adapts an established measure of pair-wise proximities among products to create a measure of product relatedness in bilateral trade. Using trade data for 148 countries and 745 products for the period 1990–2010 and employing a gravity-like specification with a careful set of fixed effects, The paper found that an exporter is significantly more likely to start exporting a specific new product to a destination the closer the product is to the set of products it already exports to that destination, even after controlling for the product's proximity to the aggregate export basket. More...
Services trade in ASEAN:
The road taken and the journey ahead
June 2019

This volume takes stock of the experience of ASEAN Member States in pursuing trade and investment liberalization in services. It identifies a number of the challenges that the regional grouping can be expected to encounter on the way to realizing the AEC Blueprint 2025 aims. More...
International journal of SMEs and business sustainability Vol.4 No.2
International trade theory and practice:
Contemporary issues

June 2019

Published by our member RIS, the report includes topics such as Impacts of Foreign Direct Investment and Remittances Inflows on Exchange Rate in South Asia, Potential Export Gains from Better BIMSTEC Integration: Empirical Study Using Gravity Model and more... 
East Asian Economic Review
June 2019
June 2019

Published by our member ISEAS, this latest issue includes the topics of RCEP: Pivotal to ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Future; Assessing the Upgraded ASEAN-China FTA; Towards ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership and more...
Aid for trade in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting economic diversification and empowerment
July 2019

This publication by our partners ADB and WTO explores how international trade is promoting economic empowerment through the increased participation of women and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. More...

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