This discussion paper was prepared for ESCAP by Nick Freeman, Independent Economic Development Consultant.
The author gratefully acknowledges the contributions made by Masato Abe, Sailendra Narain, Michael Troilo and J. S. Juneja.
This discussion paper "Trade Finance for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific" was prepared for ESCAP by Sailendra Narain, Chairman, Centre for SME Growth and Development Finance, India
The author would like to express his gratitude and sincere thanks to Mia Mikic, Marc Proksch, Yann L Duval, Masato Abe and Mona Narain for reviewing and editing the paper and providing comments with valuable suggestions.
This discussion paper "Infrastructure Financing, Public-Private Partnerships, and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region" was prepared for ESCAP by Gilberto Llanto, Adoracion Navarro, Ma. Kristina Ortiz
Gilberto Llanto is President of the Philippines Institute of Development Studies; Adoracion Navarro is Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice President; and Ma. Kristina Ortiz is Research Analyst
This regional report presents data on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation from 44 economies in the Asia-Pacific region and covering 5 different sub-regions. Since 2012, ESCAP Secretariat has conducted an annual regional survey to systematically collect and analyze information on the implementation of trade facilitation measures in the region, in order to provide a basis for developing more relevant capacity building and technical assistance and to assist countries to design and prioritize their own trade facilitation implementation plans and strategies.
The Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific will further accelerate knowledge-sharing within the region by providing an additional platform for member States to share their experiences, through case studies, regarding the energy sector and its future development.
This study introduces a new dataset of bilateral value added trade costs for the goods and services sectors, based on a measure derived from the micro-founded gravity model and using data from the OECD-WTO TiVA database. This is the first study to calculate value added trade costs for a set of developed and developing economies, both for the goods and services sectors. Overall, we find that, in the goods sector and in absolute term, international trade costs calculated using value added data are lower than those calculated using gross trade and output data.
The end of 2015 is the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Governments across Asia and the Pacific have been striving to meet the Goals, particularly on reducing income poverty. Some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others, but it is clear that the MDGs have prompted high levels of commitment and achievement.