This issue of the Trade Insights series provides analysis of the recently released United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRC) Global Trade Facilitation (TF) and Paperless Trade Implementation Survey 2015 for 44 economies and 5 sub-regions across the Asia-Pacific. The survey provides data on the implementation of 38 TF measures, including but not limited to those featured in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).
Myanmar is emerging from decades of military rule, central planning and economic isolation as it implements political and economic reforms and, as a result, faces fewer international sanctions. The country has great potential for rapid development due to its vast natural resources, abundant labour force and geostrategic location. Capitalizing on these assets to achieve its goal requires well-implemented regulatory and institutional reform.
This "Policy Guidance Manual on Wastewater Management With a Special Emphasis on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS)" has been developed based on experience of the policy makers and in consultations with relevant stakeholders at country and regional level and was shared in its signal version to the regional workshop on Wastewater Management and Sanitation on 2-3 April 2015.
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.
This Brief describes a potential statistical framework for analysing energy security. Calculations for a new dashboard of energy resources indicators are presented, using South-East Asia as a case study.
The Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Second Quarter 2015, provides information on the "Regional collaboration for statistics development and the post-2015 development agenda"; features an Interview with Mr Ramesh Kolli, former member of the National Statistical Commission, India; provides update on the areas of work; and announces important events and meetings.
The Financing for Transformation: from agenda to action on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific publication provides an opportunity for Asia and the Pacific policymakers and stakeholders, such as those from the private sector, academia and civil society organizations, to actively engage with the global negotiations, and to lay out the financing and partnership frameworks for the development agenda beyond 2015 from the regional perspectives.
This discussion paper "Polarizing world: GDP, development and beyond" was prepared for ESCAP by Michael Shashoua and Sudip Ranjan Basu. Michael Shashoua is a PhD fellow at Rice University, USA; and Sudip Ranjan Basu is Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, ESCAP.
This discussion paper "Financing Development Gaps in the Countries with Special Needs in the Asia-Pacific Region" was prepared for ESCAP by Mustafa K. Mujeri, Former Director General, The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Bangladesh.