Following consultations with ARTNeT Steering Committee Members and taking into account the results of the Research Priority Survey conducted in October 2008, two regional studies were initiated in 2009 under the research theme: Trade and Investment Related Policy Coherence for Inclusive and Sustainable Development. In addition, a number of short-term studies were supported to complement the regional studies initiated in 2007 and to explore the impact of behind the border policies on trade and investment. Research on other important issues, including in particular, Aid for Trade and Rules of Origin was encouraged. The multi-stakeholder steering committee endorsed the launch of a new regional study on Improving Import-Export Processes and Procedures in Asia.
Based on the recommendations of the regional consultation held in preparation for ARTNeT Phase II held on 16 July 2007, as well as various consultations and feedback received during the year from policy makers and other stakeholders during the year, ARTNeT Phase II (2008-10) research focused on three priority themes:
- Trade, investment and domestic policy coherence;
- Trade facilitation and development of related services; and
- Multilateral trade liberalization and regional integration.