Publications

2 Sep 2015
Working paper series

Services exports from Asia-Pacific least developed countries (LDCs) are growing in volume and should be further encouraged as they can contribute towards export diversification and development. Unlike in the case of merchandise trade, however, until recently LDCs did not receive any preferential market access in services trade. Progress is finally being made towards implementation of a 2011 WTO mechanism (the ‘Services Waiver’) that provides a route for countries to voluntarily offer LDCs preferences in services.

2 Sep 2015
Books

This report is a new global effort by all United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) to systematically collect and analyze data on the implementation of trade facilitation in general and single window and paperless trade in particular. This report features the results of the 2015 UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade implementation for the Latin America and Caribbean region and provides a region‐wide overview of implementation of trade facilitation measures across countries.

1 Sep 2015
Books

This report is a new global effort by all United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) to systematically collect and analyze data on the implementation of trade facilitation in general and single window and paperless trade in particular. This report features the results of the 2015 UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade implementation for the West Asia region and provides a region‐wide overview of implementation of trade facilitation measures across countries.

3 Aug 2015
Working paper series

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).

23 Jul 2015
Books

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.

16 Jul 2015
Books

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.

13 Jul 2015
Working paper series

The analysis followed two previous studies carried out between 2012 and 2014 covering North, Central, and South-East Asia, for a total of 25 countries across the continent.

7 Jul 2015
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.

 
2 Jul 2015
Working paper series

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.

 
2 Jul 2015
Working paper series

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.

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