The Fifth Regional Workshop was attended by more than 120 participants from China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Participants included representatives from city governments, including 9 mayors and vice-mayors, representatives from national ministries of participating countries, private sector enterprises, academic experts, and representatives of international organizations, multilateral development banks and foundations.
On the occasion of the Fifth Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the representatives of the ten partner cities announced and committed the Nexus Partnership Declaration.
The Fifth Regional Workshop was organized from 17-19 June in Chiang Mai Thailand. Eight sessions over three days and a field trip focused on key issues such as: " Relevance of the Nexus for the region", "Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Nexus Initiatives", "Reviewing experiences in adopting the urban nexus", "National-Local Dialogue and Policy Recommendations" and "Mainstreaming the urban nexus within a regional context".
Day One was mainly dedicated to reviewing the experiences from Thailand in adopting the urban nexus.
Cross-border paperless trade has significant potential to reduce trade costs and boost trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Cross-border paperless trade refers to “international trade taking place on the basis of electronic communications, including exchange of trade-related data and documents in electronic form between relevant stakeholders across borders”. As evidenced by ESCAP Resolution 68/3 adopted in 2012 , the implementation of cross-border paperless trade has emerged as a key regional policy issue on the trade facilitation agenda in the Asia-Pacific region.
These notes, based on in-house research and analysis, are a contribution by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to The Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade (July 2015) organized at the WTO on the theme of "Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth". For more information on ESCAP's work on reducing trade costs and trade facilitation, please visit: http://www.unescap.org/our-work/trade-investment/trade-facilitation