Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter
4 Jul 2014
Working paper series

The Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter,Second Quarter 2014, provides information on the Network for the Coordination of Statistical Training in Asia and the Pacific; features an interview with Mr Chris Ryan, new Regional Advisor on Statistics, Statistics Division, ESCAP; announces important events and meeting; and provides update on the areas of work.

30 Jun 2014

This regional study consists of four coordinated country studies of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal, conducted on three regional corridors offering a detailed picture of the business processes associated with importing and/or exporting selected goods from or to other countries within the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program. Relevant procedures were identified and mapped using a common methodology outlined in the UNNExT Business Process Analysis Guide to Simplify Trade Procedures.

25 Jun 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.

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
Working paper series

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.

4 Apr 2014
Flagship publications and book series

The publication Sustaining Progress on Population and Development in Asia and the Pacific: 20 years after ICPD contains an analysis of the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Survey in Asia and the Pacific and the results of additional research on the status of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the region.

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3 Apr 2014
Working paper series

Many governments have established specialized Units or Programmes to develop and supervise PPP projects, which have generally been successful in playing a ‘catalytic’ role in promoting and developing PPP solutions. They have been particularly relevant in building internal capacity as they allow the concentration and availability of required expertise through the accumulation of experience and the possibility of adequate training. The list of PPP Units and Task Forces active in the Asia-Pacific region is presented in the document.