The Trade Facilitation Agreement adopted by the WTO member countries at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013 highlights the importance of trade facilitation for international trade and the global economy. This paper provides a unique set of data on the progress made by 29 countries in Asia and the Pacific in implementing various trade facilitation and paperless trade measures in 2013/14, as well as estimates of the benefits from moving forward with implementation.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This report contains the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development as well as the proceedings and organization of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, held in Bangkok in September 2014.
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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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The refreshed Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, First Quarter 2014, provides information on statistics in the post-2015 development agenda; features an interview with Ms Carmelita N. Ericta; announces important events and meeting; and provides update on the areas of work.
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.