Newsletter - June 2019


Welcoming ARTNeT's new institutional member:
Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
ARTNeT Secretariat welcomes its 76th institutional member, Mahidol University International College. The MUIC was established in 1986 and at that time it was the first international college in Thailand. Its mission is to excel in providing international liberal arts education, in order to prepare global citizens for 21st century, and transforming knowledge for the benefit of society through sustainability. The MUIC’s strengths are based on its liberal arts focus, international and updated curricula, global network of partner universities, modern state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to research. ARTNeT Secretariat looks forward to the future collaboration in trade research and training with MUIC!
For more information about MUIC please visit here
To know how to become ARTNeT member, please visit the guidelines here. 

From our network

Call for proposals: Impact of non-tariff measures on trade and competitiveness in East Asia (Deadline: 30 August 2019)
Our partner, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) invites submissions of research proposals with financial support of US$7,000 per paper for the selected proposals. More...
Call for papers: Economic integration in Asia and Europe:
Lessons and recommended policies
(Deadline: 30 July 2019)
Journal of Economic Integration will publish a special issue on Economic Integration in Asia and Europe in cooperation with our partner,  the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). More...
Invitation: NTU perception survey on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (Deadline: 19 July)
Researchers from our partner Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore working on a publicly funded research project about China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Your insights will help the researchers understand (i) China’s motivations and (ii) the cost-benefit dynamics of the BRI in your home country and (iii) make policy recommendations to transform the BRI 1.0 into an improved BRI 2.0. More...
Call for registration of researchers for Commonwealth connectivity agenda academic network (Deadline: 31 July)
In order empower researchers including young women and also provide researchers from across the Commonwealth Countries with a common platform for interaction on CCA issues including participating in publication of papers/chapters for books, researchers are invited to register and be part of a dynamic network of academic researchers on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The CCA Academic Network will further aim to provide researchers and academics with global exposure within the Commonwealth on the relevant cluster issues. More...
Internship opportunities at ADBI and APEC (Deadline: 7 July)
Our partners ADBI and APEC are looking for interns. For more information please visit the links: ADBI Internship and APEC Internship

Upcoming ESCAP event on trade

Technical workshop on “Value chain development for deeper integration of FEALAC: Asian perspectives”
Bangkok; 10-11 July 2019
The workshop is part of the collaborative project between ESCAP, ECLAC and ADB in a project aiming to enhance value chain integration between Asia and Latin America. The workshop will gather policy analysts, researchers and policymakers working in Asia-Pacific member states of FEALAC. The purposes of the workshop are to review the study in intraregional value chains development and to identify emerging opportunities and challenges facing Asia-Pacific countries in deepening their integration. More...
Expert group meeting on “Navigating non-tariff measures toward sustainable development”
Bangkok; 11-12 June 2019

This meeting will provide opportunity for knowledge exchange and the discussion on 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. The results from ESCAP research and policy recommendations will also be presented. Views and comments from participants will be taken to improve the report, and to identify ways in which national policy actions and regional cooperation can be strengthen to help countries in the region dealing better with challenges coming from the proliferation of NTMs. More...

Recent events

Seminar to faculty and graduate students in the University of Isfahan
Tehran; 10 June 2019
During the Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum (APIF), ARTNeT visited our institutional member, University of Isfahan, sharing topics including 'Evolution of development paradigm: From growth to sustainability' and 'Current status of protectionism and impact on regional trade and investment'. ARTNeT also met the President of the University to explore future collaboration with its faculty and research centers. We look forward to seeing you soon again!
First international trade training for journalists in Asia successfully concluded
Hong Kong; 17-20 June 2019
Media, as public opinion shapers, play a critical role in providing deeper perspectives on trade issues and promoting a more informed, productive public dialogue. Traditional journalism training programs do not focus specifically on trade, leaving reporters under-equipped to cover trade topics. The Hinrich Foundation and the National Press Foundation (NPF) offered a four-day workshop on all aspects of sustainable international trade. Twenty journalist fellows were selected to participate out of more than 220 applicants. Fellows learned from experts in the fields of foreign direct investment, treaties that shape trade, economic growth, social and environmental impacts, emerging economies, how the World Trade Organization works, China’s unique role, access to research and data, and more. More...
Announce winners of the 2018 sustainable trade challenge
Hong Kong; 25 March 2019
With thousands of dollars in prizes at stake, the competition, organised by our collaborators APRU and Hinrich Foundation garnered interest from forward-thinking graduate students from 98 universities in 27 countries. Participants were challenged to develop policy proposals or industry solutions based issues raised in the Sustainable Trade Index. The panel of judges, including ARTNeT expert, chose the winning solutions for their viability and innovation, along with the promise of significant impact on selected issues. More...


Journal of Asian Economic IntegrationJournal of Asian Economic Integration
June 2019
The Asian integration process has taken a new shape. Countries in Asia are part of several regional and sub-regional integration initiatives such as Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This journal, published in association with our member ASEAN-India Centre and ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, provides detailed coverage of a wide range of topics in economics relating to Asia, including investigation of current research, international comparisons and country studies. The journal was launched on 6 June in Chulalongkorn University where ARTNeT Secretariat had the honour to join and share knowledge with members. More...
Trade wars: Risks and opportunities for Asia-Pacific economies from US tariffs
June 2019
This TIID working paper offers views on the implications for the rest of Asia-Pacific from protectionism in the US that focuses on exports from China. Many economies in the Asia-Pacific region have deeply integrated with China through trade and production linkages. More...
World Investment Report 2019
June 2019

The Report by our partner UNCTAD supports policymakers by monitoring global and regional foreign direct investment trends and documenting national and international investment policy developments. The policy chapter of this year’s report takes stock of efforts being made towards the reform of international investment agreements and surveys new measures. More...

SDG Pulse
June 2019

The purpose of this report by our partner UNCTAD is to: provide an update on the evolution of a selection of official SDG indicators and complementary data and statistics; provide progress reports on the development of new concepts and methodologies for Tier III indicator; and to also showcase, beyond the perspective of the formal SDG indicators, how UNCTAD is contributing to the implementation of 2030 Agenda. The report will also investigate thematic issues of relevance to 2030 Agenda – this year, the report discusses some measurement issues regarding inequality. More...

Exploring the role of trade facilitation in supporting integrity in trade
May 2019
Corruption at the border distorts resource allocation, undermines the level playing field for businesses, hampers the attractiveness of affected markets, and may result in significant revenue losses for developing countries. Trade facilitation policies could potentially reduce the incentives and the opportunities for corruption. This paper by our partner OECD explores potential determinants of border-related corruption and trade facilitation policies most likely to address it. Countries with higher integrity at the border are found to also have more efficient border processes. More...
Leveraging Trade for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the PacificLeveraging trade for women’s economic empowerment in the Pacific
May 2019
This publication by our partner ADB provides insights on how trade can be leveraged to enhance economic opportunities for women in the Pacific, including an analysis of how gender mainstreaming in Aid for Trade programs could catalyze donor support to help benefit from gender-equitable and truly inclusive growth. More...
gvasGlobal Value Chain Development Report 2019
April 2019
Technological developments, such as robotics and big data, are reshaping global value chains (GVCs), leading to changes in labour markets and supply chain management. This report looks at the impact of these technologies and discusses how GVCs provide opportunities for developing countries to integrate into the global economy and for small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in global trade. It also reviews issues related to GVC measurement. More...
Women, Business and the Law 2019
February 2019

The report by World Bank measures gender inequality in the law. The dataset identifies barriers to women's economic participation and encourages the reform of discriminatory laws. More...

ARTNeT people on the move

ARTNeT secretariat expresses congratulations to Ms. Rabia Manzoor, Senior Research Associate in SDPI, an active ARTNeT institutional member, for award of scholarship for PhD studies in Clark University, US, under the project titled “US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor”.
Ms Rabia has over 15 research publications in various fields and continues to collaborate and contribute her research findings to a multi-dimensional audience. She regularly contributes to both national and international peer-reviewed journals in the areas of trade, green growth, agriculture, education and health. Her most recent publications include ‘Trading with India: Some Current Impediments for Pakistan’ which was featured in the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, and ‘Green Growth: Important Determinants’ published in The Singapore Economic Review (SER). As an ARTNet member, she is working on a working paper titled ‘Addressing Non-Tariff Measures to Promote Pakistan’s Textile Sector’ in collaboration with UNESCAP.
She has been invited as a key speaker on numerous international conferences such as the ‘Evidence-Based Trade Policy Making for Sustainable Development’ workshop in Thailand, hosted by UNESCAP and ARTNeT, and the ICRIER-SDPI conference session titled ‘Enhancing Trade in Health Sector between India and Pakistan’ held in India. Recently, she contributed to a SDPI session titled ‘Barriers Women Face in Accessing Justice’ as a session panel member. Her contribution helped create dialogue and momentum on providing better access to justice mechanisms for women in the national discourse.
She is optimistic that through her contributions and ARTNeT’s support, she will be able to contribute to the national dialogue that enables development at home and abroad.

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