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5 Jun 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

Agriculture remains the backbone of most Asia-Pacific developing economies and approximately 50% of the Asian working population is employed in the agricultural sector. In view of the export potential of agricultural products in the region, it is urgent to reduce trade costs in this sector, particularly since they are typically twice as high as those for manufactured goods

 
5 Jun 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

Estimated trade costs in a comprehensive manner has long been a challenge, with most measures and studies featuring only some of the cost components, such as international shipping costs or official fees and charges involved in trade transactions. In 2011, however, UN ESCAP released the first international trade cost database featuring bilateral trade costs of Asian countries accounting for all additional costs involved in conducting a transaction across borders rather internally.

 
6 May 2011
Public information and advocacy materials

This is the briefing notes for The Launch of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on May 6, 2011.

 
25 Mar 2015
Official documents

This document comes from the South Asia Subregional Consultation on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace which was held at the Trade Tower Business Centre, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal from 23 to 25 March 2015.

 
15 Jun 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

This is the information note for participants in the WTO/ESCAP Tenth ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research “Empirical Methods in Trade: Analyzing Trade costs and Trade Facilitation”, 15-19 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.

 
25 Mar 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

These presentations by Ms. Mia Mikic, ESCAP, Mr. Florian Alburo, University of the Philippines and Mr. Saman Kelegama, Institute of Policy Studies, are from the event " Second Meeting of the Working Group on the Formation of an Integrated Market in Asia and the Pacific", 26-27 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.

28 May 2015
Manuals, guidelines, training materials

Of the world’s nearly 200 million migrants, the ILO estimates that 90 million men and women were migrant workers in 2005 (ILO 2007) and the figure is steadily rising. While the numbers of international migrants from, and within, the Pacific are small in overall terms, the importance of labour mobility and its impact on societies and economies in many parts of the Pacific cannot be underestimated (Voigt-Graf 2007).

 
28 May 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

Business process analysis (BPA) of trade procedures has proven to be an effective tool to design and motivate trade facilitation reform in Asia and the Pacific, providing a detailed picture of the existing import and export processes along the entire international supply chain. Over 50 import and export processes in Asia and the Pacific have been mapped out and evaluated using the UNNExT BPA methodology since 2009, both by international organizations (such as ESCAP, ECE, ADB) and relevant organizations and agencies in individual member states.

 
28 May 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

A recent firm-level study conducted by the UN Regional Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) found that a reduction in customs and trade clearance times increased SMEs likelihood of participation in export or international production networks (IPNs) relatively more than that of larger enterprises.

 
28 May 2015
Public information and advocacy materials

An Exploration of the need for and cost of selected trade facilitation measures in Asia and the Pacific in the context of the WTO negotiations (2004)
http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/tipub2426.pdf

Trade Facilitation Beyond the Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Regional Practices, Customs Valuation and Other Emerging Issues (2007)
http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/tipub2466.pdf

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