Dear ARTNeT friends,
As we wrap up 2019, we thank you for your partnership, engagement, and contributions to ARTNeT. We would like to acknowledge all ARTNeT advisors, researchers, policymakers and other representatives who actively engaged in our capacity building and expert advisory meetings throughout 2019.
2019 was an active year for all of us. Some of the highlights include:
  • The membership continued to grow, and new associate partners and collaborators joined the community – now we are the community of 76 institutional members, 12 associate partners, and 8 collaborating institutions and networks;
  • Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (TINA) is gaining traction as an aide to policymakers and trade negotiators and as a capacity-building tool as well;
  • We partnered with ERIA, TTCSP, and other ARTNeT partners and institutional members to bring together over 100 think tanks from both within and outside the region to the Asia-Pacific Think Tank Summit to deliberate the role of think tanks under the theme of Managing Transitions, Trade and Turmoil;
  • 4th ASEAN Economic integration Forum under the theme ‘Inspiring bold, resilient and inclusive ASEAN’ engaged high-level policymakers, academia, representatives of diplomatic corps, business, youth and NGOs in a series of highly inter-active sessions discussing next-generation policy options for inclusive and sustainable ASEAN;
  • ARTNETonSTI and ARTNETonFDI continued to expand in terms of membership and activities;
  • New technical reference materials for researchers were prepared and have been widely used both within and outside the network;
  • Several working papers and commentaries on the ARTNeT e-forum continued to provide an active platform for the exchange of ideas;
  • Social media presence of ARTNeT secretariat and ARTNeT friends continues to make contributions to public discussions on the most challenging global, regional and national issues;
  • We worked with our members to raise their visibility and disseminate their work including through regular monthly newsletters.
This would not have been possible without your continued support and active contribution. We look forward to working together in 2020 in particular on promoting WomeninARTNeT initiative.
Best wishes,
ARTNeT Secretariat
Bangkok, 2nd - 3rd December 2019
The Regional Consultation was organized in preparation for the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which will be held from 8 to 11 June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The ESCAP Regional Consultation provided a platform to discuss the state of play on the preparation of the WTO Ministerial Conference and its relevance for all and especially graduating least developed countries. Participation by Government officials, representatives of civil society, selected business representatives and ARTNeT advisors facilitated capturing the current dynamics of negotiations and possible innovative options for reforming the global trade regime to be fit for purpose - as requested for accelerating progress for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The capacity building session focused on the application of newly developed tools, such as the Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Advisor (TINA) helping decision making for trade policy options, and datasets on non-tariff measures.
Bangkok, 4th December 2019 
The Ninth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network discussed current developments and challenges in FDI policy-making, promotion, and facilitation in the region. It also explored ways to improve the national legal frameworks and international investment agreements (IIAs) system to ensure it better supports the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Network members discussed thoroughly national experiences, best practices and challenges related to sustainable inward FDI to and outward FDI from Asia and the Pacific. At the meeting, the publication Foreign Direct Investment trends and outlooks in Asia and the Pacific was also launched. 
Bangkok, 9-10th December 2019
The 4th ASEAN Economic Integration Forum 2019 aimed to provide a platform that allows leaders from the society, industry, academia and government to discuss innovative solutions and to tackle obstacles that are shared among all members of AEC. Like in previous years, we strived to produce actionable policy takeaways to facilitate the implementation of a sustainable development framework for AEC that benefits all ASEAN. The AEIF 2019 highlighted keynote addresses from distinguished speakers and forums on selected sub-themes including business and human rights, rural economic and community-based development, aviation industry, entrepreneurship, trades, and investment. Parallel sessions to present applied research papers on both days. This year, ASEAN Economic Integration Forum strived to feature the identification of and proposals for bridging inter- and intra-regional development gaps in the ASEAN region, to contribute to policymaking 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. 
The Regional Outlook Forum (ROF) is the flagship event of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute held every year in January. The Regional Outlook Forum 2020 will examine global and regional trends and highlight domestic developments in key Southeast Asian countries to shed more light on what lies beyond the horizon,  including the pitfalls and opportunities ahead.
“Disruption, Competition, and Collaboration” is the theme for ROF 2020. In this forum, participants will deep-dive into the big power rivalry reverberating in Europe, Asia and beyond, and look into the challenges faced by the Southeast Asia and East Asia region as a result of US-China tensions. Participants will also discuss the political and economic outlook for Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar, and have dedicated sessions for Indonesia and Malaysia that focus on domestic preoccupations and their implications for foreign policy. 
Full program can be found
India’s Challenges in the Global Landscape of Start-Up Ecosystem

By Reji K. Joseph and Thankom Arun

December 2, 2019
" According to the Hurun’s report and some other reports, India ranks third in terms of global start-up ecosystem, after US and China. Although it ranks third, India is way behind US and China not just in number of unicorns but in some other respects as well." 
To compete with giant players like China and US, what hassles are India facing.
Click here to read the rest of this interesting article. 

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Mia Mikic, Director of Trade, Investment & Innovation Division of UNESCAP, coordinator of ARTNeT was featured on Women in GovTech Special Report 2019. Click here to read the full interview and know more about the inspiring work of her division. 
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