Publications

1 Dec 2011
Journals

Focusing on the Least Developed Countries located in the Asia-Pacific region, the study explores the impact of different approaches available to the LDCs and their partners in improving their developmental prospects through enhanced trade. The monograph starts with the presentation of trade related data of the 14 LDCs and the linkage between trade and economic development. Then the issue of market access is analyzed, followed by a study of the increasing protectionist measures faced by LDCs during the crisis period.

1 Dec 2011
Journals

While the International Production Network (IPN) phenomenon has accelerated trade and investment linkages between countries in East and South-East Asia, the remainder of the region has not matched those countries in this process. The objective of this study is to explore the reasons for this by using India’s performance in the Asian IPNs as a case study for other countries that are trailing behind in this area.

 
1 Dec 2011
Working paper series

By Naoko Shinkai and Zenebe Bashaw
The volume of trade worldwide has increased as various trade barriers have been removed over time. Tariffs are one of the trade barriers that trading countries have made efforts to reduce. Tariff rates are determined based on the category that trade partners belong to. There are six possible categories for classifying trade partners: General, Temporary, World Trade Organization (WTO), Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), Least Developed Country (LDC) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

 
1 Nov 2011
Working paper series

By Chandrima Sikdar and Biswajit Nag
The India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA) came into effect on 1 January 2010 with regard to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. For the remaining ASEAN members it will come into force after they have completed their internal requirements. With this background, the present study analyses the impact of this free trade agreement (FTA) on India and the ASEAN members.

25 Oct 2011
Journals

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.

 
8 Sep 2011
Working paper series

This paper explores the trade facilitation performance of India and Mekong countries using a new measure of bilateral comprehensive trade costs, complemented by a review of specific trade policy and trade facilitation-related indicators. A model of comprehensive trade costs is then developed and estimated using these specific indicators in an effort to identify policies and measures that have a significant effect on trade costs, and to prioritize them.

 
1 Sep 2011
Working paper series

By Nilanjan Banik and Anurag Banerjee

31 Aug 2011
Working paper series

The paper provides quantitative estimates of the productive capacities of the countries in the Asia-
Pacific region and their evolution in the past 25 years. It updates the results for 2009 presented in the
ESCAP’s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 and details the methodology used
to create the productive capacity index. It finds that, except from the region’s developed countries and
emerging developing economies, the majority of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have

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