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Newsletter - August 2019

News

ARTNeT secretariat at the Greater Tumen Initiative Research Institutions Network meeting
Changchun, China; 21 August 2019 
ARTNeT coordinator, Mia Mikic attended a meeting of the GTI Research Institutions Network (RIN) to inform the RIN members about the ARTNeT programme and upcoming activities, including the Asian Think Tank Summit on 10-12 Nov 2019 in Bangkok. The RIN members include China Association of International Trade; Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia; Russian Foreign Trade Academy, Russia; and Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (also an ARTNeT institutional member). Given the interest of the GTI member countries on deepening and expanding open trade and investment in the greater Tumen Region, there is a promising potential for much closer cooperation of the two networks. More...
ARTNeT secretariat sharing in Lead the change exchange trip in Thailand
Bangkok; 14 August 2019

Lead The Change Exchange trip is a yearly program which empowers the youth to step into the world and open their vision and learn new skills, then change mindset and behavior. ARTNeT secretariat, Ms Chen-Wen Cheng was invited to share with over 30 youth leaders from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam on the topic of cross-cultural communications. Sharing ARTNeT's experience in working in a multicultural environment with respect of diversity as its core value, ARTNeT will keep working on the inclusion of women and youth in our knowledge products, visual identities and communication means. More... 

From our network

Opportunity: National consultants on LDC graduation in Bangladesh, Lao PDR and Myanmar (Deadline: 9 September 2019)
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is recruiting national consultants in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Lao PDR, three countries that met the criteria for graduation from LDC status for the first time in 2018. The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) recently made a number of recommendations aimed at improving support to graduating LDCs, and the consultancies would assist this work in each country. The consultancies would involve an estimated 4.5 work months of effort between their start date and 31 October 2020. More...
Call for applications: The Hinrich Foundation Award for Distinguished Reporting on Trade (Deadline: 27 September 2019)
The National Press Foundation and our collaborator, the Hinrich Foundation recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the public's understanding of international business and trade. The work is open to any professional journalist whose work exemplifies the highest standards of journalism and is published by a reputable news organization. This includes print, broadcast and digital journalists. This award carries a US$10,000 prize. More...
 
Call for applications: Workshop on managing cross-border trade in an uncertain world: New risks & opportunities (Deadline: 27 September 2019)
Our collaborator, the Hinrich Foundation and NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) have partnered to create a timely and compelling workshop series to assist with that. The curriculum is designed to motivate strategic thinkers, policy makers and other key stakeholders to rethink their approaches to cross-border trade, learn how to anticipate the next wave of disruptions and identify the new opportunities. More...
Call for papers: International conference on poverty and sustainable development 2019 (Deadline: 10 September)
Researchers, academicians, scholars, activists, economists, policy makers, educators from different disciplines, approaches, backgrounds and experiences are invited to submit research abstract or abstract of a case study on any poverty related issues to any of the below mentioned tracks. More...
New video on Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific
The adoption of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific paves the way for the region to accelerate progress in this area by digitalizing trade procedures. The videos give a brief introduction of the Agreement and explain on key substantive provisions of the Framework as well as how to join it. More...

Upcoming event 

Regulating CrossBorder Data Flows in a Data-Driven World
Bangkok; 9 September 2019

While the free cross-border movement of data is essential to many aspects of international trade, several countries have imposed restrictions on these data flows. The pre-internet rules of the World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) discipline some of these restrictions, but they are insufficient. Unfortunately, so are the electronic commerce chapters in modern preferential trade agreements. This presentation argues that reformed WTO rules, which take account of the policy challenges of the data-driven economy, are required. These reforms would facilitate internet openness while ensuring consumer and business trust, promoting digital inclusion of developing countries, and incorporating clear exceptions for legitimate domestic policies. More...

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...

Asia-Pacific Think Tank Summit - 
Managing Transitions, Trade and Turmoil: The Role of Think Tanks

Bangkok; 10-12 November 2019

Organised by the ESCAP and TTCSP, with the support of ARTNeT and ERIA, the Summit will provide a platform for learning, exchange of practices and incubation of new ideas and approaches to sustainable development for diverse group of economies amidst the great disruptors. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to establishment or strengthening the think tank institutions in support of the long-term evidence-based policymaking. Finally, it is an opportunity for representatives of member States’ governments to meet other partners, think tanks and knowledge and policy leaders engaged in identifying options for sustainable development of the region for claiming the Asian Century. More...

New ARTNeT focal points

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI)
Roth Vathana has worked for almost 10 years with various local and international organisations and research institutions since his graduation from Kobe University, Japan - 6 years of which have been in research-related work. He is currently research fellow and Head of Economics Unit at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI). He has comprehensive and advanced knowledge in quantitative research methods and statistical software, such as Stata, together with skills to manage, analyse and interpret complex cross-sectional and panel survey data. Prior to joining CDRI, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-Cambodia).
 
School of Economics, University of Adelaide
Benedikt Heid is an empirical international trade economist interested in answering policy-relevant questions such as: what are the effects of trade and investment policies such as tariffs, trade and investment agreements? His research uses both econometric methods and quantitative trade models to analyze the effect of trade and investment policies on trade, foreign direct investment, and employment in both developed and developing countries.

Publications

The Gravity Model of International Trade:
A User Guide (R version)

June 2019
The purpose of this User Guide is to provide a “hands on” introduction to gravity modeling for applied policy researchers. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a dataset of bilateral trade in services available for free download, and readers are encouraged to replicate the results presented here using the R code provided in the text. Although some basic knowledge of R is required as a pre-requisite, more advanced commands and techniques are introduced in the text as necessary. Once the basic techniques have been mastered, readers are encouraged to extend the results presented here using alternative specifications and methodologies. More...
FDI in R&D in India: An Analysis of Recent Trends
June 2019
This paper by our member ISID aims to estimate the quantum of inflow of FDI in R&D in India, identify the sectors which receive FDI in R&D, identify the nature and characteristics of investors and investeefirms and examine the innovation performance of investee firms in terms of R&D expenditure, patents and publications. It is found that FDI in R&D constitutes only a meagre part of total FDI inflows to India, although India has been characterised as a leading destination for offshore corporate R&D globally. More...
India digital trade report front coverThe Data Opportunity: The Promise of Digital Trade for India
July 2019
The report measures the current and future contribution of digital trade to economic growth in India, and highlights policy actions for converting digital trade into a pathway for stronger and more inclusive growth.  It provides an information base for policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders in India to discuss ways to harness the benefits of digital trade and manage potential risks.
 
The key findings are:
  • Of the 8 countries studied in the project, India ranked third in terms of the size of its current and future digital trade value and opportunity, behind China and Japan.
  • Digital trade already contributed USD 35 billion of economic value in 2017 to domestic sectors and that value could grow 14-fold by 2030 to reach USD 512 billion, in an open digital environment. The value is calculated by looking at the contribution of e-commerce, mobile internet, big data, cloud technology and the Internet of Things to productivity improvements that create increments of growth in non-digital domestic sectors such as agriculture, financial services, infrastructure, education.
  • Digital trade is already India’s second largest export sector today. The export value of virtual goods and services enabled by the digital economy, such as e-commerce, accounts for almost USD 60 billion today.  This value could grow 238 percent from today’s levels and reach almost USD 200 billion by 2030.
  • Digital trade could become a vehicle for more inclusive growth in India. In 2018, MSME revenues grew 60% related to digital trade through improved export market access, reduced financing and insurance costs and lower operating costs. As full digital adoption amongst MSME’s in India remains low, there is a significant potential for further improvements.
  • The report formulates a number of suggestions to enable this value creation and reduce trade barriers, particularly for MSMEs. They include: (1) allowing more open cross border data flows, (2) clarifying and harmonizing domestic regulations for data security, storage and transfer, aiming for a better international regulatory alignment, (3) reducing cross border frictions, and (4) strengthening IP protection.
Access the full report please visit here

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