23 Jul 2014
Working paper series

This study aimed at identifying key factors affecting SME participation in direct export and international production networks (IPNs), both globally and in Asia and the Pacific. A global dataset of firm-level data from developing countries was analyzed to identify the main obstacles to establishment and operation of direct and indirect small and medium size exporters. Logit models of SME export and IPN participation revealed the importance of several trade facilitation and related factors.

15 Jul 2014
Working paper series

By Peter Lloyd
There is a crisis in multilateralism. This paper examines multilateralism by looking at the two most important current efforts to devise new multilateral rules binding all nations; the negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) of trade rules and the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to devise rules restricting the annual emissions of greenhouse gases. Both negotiations have failed after several years of intensive effort.

1 Jul 2014
Working paper series

By Kornkarun Cheewatrakoolpong and Tanapong Potipiti

27 Jun 2014
Working paper series

The Trade Facilitation Agreement adopted by the WTO member countries at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013 highlights the importance of trade facilitation for international trade and the global economy. This paper provides a unique set of data on the progress made by 29 countries in Asia and the Pacific in implementing various trade facilitation and paperless trade measures in 2013/14, as well as estimates of the benefits from moving forward with implementation.

24 Jun 2014

This report estimates the possible economic benefits—export gains, and cost savings—from partial or full implementation of cross-border paperless trade facilitation measures. Simulation results suggest that cross-border paperless trade has significant potential to reduce trade costs and boost trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

19 Jun 2014
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The Policy Papers on Countries with Special Needs Series addresses key issues and concerns in reducing development gaps and promoting inclusive, resilient and sustainable development of the countries with special needs in the Asia-Pacific region. The Series aims at generating a forward-looking discussion among policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders to help forge political will and build a regional consensus on the needed policy actions to close development gaps of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states of the region.

30 Apr 2014

Although the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 was the worst economic crisis in over 60 years for many industrial countries, most Asian and Pacific developing countries weathered it quite successfully. The resilience of the region is somewhat puzzling at first sight. In an increasingly globalized world, aren’t economic shocks supposed to be transmitted faster and farther than ever before? And shouldn’t the largest shock in decades affecting the central financial centres of the world cause substantial ripple effects?

23 Apr 2014
Working paper series

This is a working paper on a preliminary review by the ESCAP Secretariat on Assessing the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society in Asia and the Pacific published on 23 April 2014.