Newsletter - May 2019

ARTNeT publication

Non-tariff measures and sustainable development: The case of the European Union import ban on seafood from Sri Lanka (AWP185) 
Non-tariff measures (NTMs) can affect trade performance of trading partners. In addition to trade performance, the NTMs (including sanctions) may have direct and indirect linkages to capacity of trading partners to meet their commitments under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purposes of this research were to explore the performance of exports of seafood industry of Sri Lanka before, during and after the imposition of European Union’s ban and to develop indicators and measure the impact of the same ban on stakeholders of the seafood industry in Sri Lanka by looking through the prism of sustainable development.
For the full paper by K.P.G. L. Sandaruwan and Senal A. Weerasooriya please visit here
An assessment of fishing vessel capacity on subsidies, non-tariff measures, and attaining Sustainable Development Goals (AWP184)
This paper aims to assess the relationship between fishing vessel capacity and fisheries subsidies as well as non-tariff measures, and provide further policy advice to trade negotiators in relation to the SDGs. In the assessment, the authors use panel data modelling of select developed OECD member countries that hold current vessel capacity and assess this against subsidies, non-tariff measures, exports and fish landing. The selected OECD member countries comprise of the proponents of the “Friends of fish” group. The finding of the paper provides policy recommendations for negotiators on fisheries subsidies and overcapacity. It also provides suggestions for special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries (LDCs) in the fisheries negotiations.
For the full paper by Radika Kumar and Jadhav Chakradhar please visit here

Upcoming ESCAP event on trade & Investment

2019 Asia-Pacific regional high level forum on green economy
Bangkok; 10-12 June 2019

The main purpose of the Conference is to create an open and conducive knowledge sharing setting aimed to support the participants in further improving their understanding on the trends and opportunities on the way towards advancing Green Economy agenda in the Asia-Pacific Region. More...

Responsible business and human rights forum
Bangkok; 12-13 June 2019

The Forum will discuss progress on promoting responsible business practices and human rights in the region and globally. Hosted by the Royal Thai Government, and co-organized by ESCAP, OECD, ILO and UNDP, and with the participation of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the forum forms part of the Bangkok Business and Human Rights week, which also includes the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Dialogue and the ASEAN Investors Forum. More...

UNCTAD-ESCAP seminar on investments and special economic zones
Bangkok; 14 June 2019

The session will bring experts and policymakers to discuss global investment, investment policy trends, and special economic zones (SEZs) as a key tool for attracting investment for development. Discussion will also cover the evolution of SEZs, institutional mechanism supporting them, and policy lessons from SEZs globally. More...

Asia-Pacific business forum 2019: Global goals, local opportunities
Port Moresby; 20-21 June 2019
The Forum will discuss the role and responsibilities of business in sustainable development, with a focus on the sustainable solutions business can offer to meet the needs of rural and urban communities alike in Asia-Pacific. The Forum will showcase current and future business opportunities and allow participants an opportunity to hear and meet key decision makers, business leaders and emerging entrepreneurs committed to sustainable development across the Asia and Pacific region. More...

Recent event

Regional workshop on graduation for least developed countries in Asia
Bangkok; 30 April - 2 May 2019
The ESCAP-WTO workshop, joined by 30 participants, improved the knowledge and understanding of the participants of the implications of LDC graduation. The topics covered graduation criteria and process; matters related to WTO Agreements; trade in goods; service trade; international support measures; and presentations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Timor Leste. All presentations and more...

Information sharing

Upcoming seminar by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: 
ASEAN and the new world disorder - Thailand, seeking a new balance 

Bangkok; 12 June 2019
While the Thai economy has held up on a subpar basis, lagging ASEAN peers such as Vietnam and Indonesia, modest growth prospects could head south unless Thailand can generate new momentum and move forward after 15 years of stop-start progress. More...
Call for paper: The innovation route to development - Indo-US perspective
Our member CUTS Washington DC Center (CUTS WDC) invites papers and articles to be published in a Policy Volume on Innovation. Interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit a 250 words abstract along with a brief CV (not more than one page) of the author, by 31st May 2019. More...


Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs):
Evidence from ASEAN-India Trade
March 2019
The report by our member RIS focuses on understanding the perspective of exporting and importing firms and their experience on NTMs. It also looks into two specific NTM measures, namely, SPS and TBT. Besides, it has also investigated the regulatory environment and identified the regulatory gaps for policy recommendations. More...
Crisis in the WTO appellate body and the need for wider WTO reform negotiations 
March 2019
This policy brief from our member The University of Adelaide, looks closely at the US complaints and potential ways of dealing with them, and conclude that resolving the current Appellate Body crisis will likely only be possible in the context of wider WTO reform negotiations. More...
Regulatory dissimilarity: A first look at the newly collected non-tariff measures database
March 2019
This paper, from our partner ERIA, constructs a dissimilarity indicator to measure the degree to which a product may face different sets of regulations in the export country and the import country. Since the indicator is highly scalable, we can also construct the difference in regulations applied at the sector or country levels. More...
ASEAN law in the new regional economic order: Global trends and shifting paradigms
March 2019
This book explores the concept of ASEAN law under the normative framework of the new regional economic order. It examines the roadmap of the new ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025 by evaluating the impact of ASEAN trade agreements on domestic legislation on professional services, financial integration, investment disputes and digital trade. More importantly, it sheds light on the legal implications of ASEAN's agreements with China and India and the potential developments of mega-regional trade agreements such as the CPTPP and the RCEP. Hence, the legal analysis and case studies in the book offer a fresh view of Asia-Pacific integration and bridge the gap between academia and practice. More...
Guaranteed success? The effects of export credit guarantees on firm performance 
December 2018
Many countries offer government-backed export credit guarantees to domestic firms. The authors investigate the effects of such guarantees on firm exports, jobs and value added. Using uniquely detailed and exhaustive transaction-level panel data on guarantees and granular information on trade, exporters and foreign buyers, the authors perform difference-indifferences matching estimations. The authors find that guarantees improve firm performance. However, the effects are strikingly heterogeneous across firm size and response variables. More...

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