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A. TRADE AND INVESTMENT PUBLICATIONS
Asian Development Outlook 2003.
The outlook features:
overview of aggregate trends and medium-term
prospects by main subregion in Asia and
the Pacific in the context of global economic
- An overview of recent fiscal policy
in Asia and the Pacific;
profiles and prospects for 41 economies
in the region, including analyses of growth,
savings and investment, employment, monetary
and fiscal developments, and balance of
payments, as well as an analysis of policy
- Competitiveness issues as they
relate to long-term growth prospects in
Asia and Pacific region; and
- A statistical
appendix detailing historical trends and
projections for major economic indicators.
Accessed on 14 January 2004 from <http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/ADO/2003/default.asp>
Business Alert - EU. (Bi-weekly)
Business Alert - EU provides information
on the latest developments in EU trade policy
and trade regulations. Each issue reports
on main developments in EU trade policy
and regulations relevant to China and Hong
Kong, China. In addition, Business Alert
- EU covers the events in the EU Institutions
pertaining to EU trade policy and trade
relations, as well as the actions and decisions
made by individual EU Member States with
regard to the implementation of EU and national
Accessed on 14 January 2004
Development Needs of Small to Medium
Size Tourism Enterprises. APEC
# 203-TO-01.5. January 2004. 367p. (PDF
Downloads, 2.2 Mb)..
This report examines the business development
needs of small and medium tourism enterprises
paying particular attention to the needs
of smaller scale and micro businesses. These
enterprises form the majority of businesses
in the Asia-Pacific region and a significant
employment base of many APEC member economies.
Development needs include human resource
development, access to finance, market access
and development, technology and technology
sharing and access to information.
Accessed on 20 January 2004
Improving the Availability of Trade
Finance during Financial Crises.
2003. WTO Discussion Papers No. 2. (1,453Kb).
An analysis of the implications of recent
financial crises affecting emerging economies
in the 1990's points to the failure by private
markets and other relevant institutions
to meet the demand for cross-border and
domestic short-term trade-finance in such
periods, thereby affecting, in some countries
and for certain periods, imports and exports
to a point of stoppage. These experiences
seem to suggest that there is scope for
carefully targeted public intervention,
as currently proposed by regional and multilateral
institutions, which have put in place ad-hoc
schemes to maintain a minimum flow of trade
finance during periods of scarcity, through
systems of direct credit or credit guarantees.
In this context, a discussion of various
proposals is suggested.
Accessed on 15 January
2004 from <http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/dis02_e.pdf>
Malaysia and the WTO. This
publication provides an understanding of
the WTO system and its implications to Malaysia.
It is hoped that the business community
will take a keen interest on WTO issues
and reap the benefits from the rules and
disciplines as well as the market access
opportunities created under the WTO. The
goal is to help producers of goods and services,
and exporters and importers, conduct their
business with predictability and stability.
Accessed on 16 January 2004 from <http://www.miti.gov.my/upd-publication.html>
Market Briefs. New CBI
Market Briefs provides
exporters from developing countries more
product-specific and detailed market information
related to gaining access to the EU market.
It provides additional in-depth information,
complementary to the more general information
and data provided in CBI's EU Market surveys,
which cover several product groups at the
Accessed on 15 January 2004 from
Singapore Importers and Exporters
is packaged in a user-friendly CD-ROM:
- Total trade Value (Import/Export Value)
- Countries trade
- Products detailed with
HS Codes (9 digit)
- Key products and services
Accessed on 20 January 2004 from <http://ieshop.iesingapore.gov.sg/shop/bizmatch/productdesc.asp?pid=5>
Singapore Trade Connection CD-ROM
The CD-ROM contains statistics
on Singapore's international trade for the
years 1998-2002 (in SITC codes) and 2000-2002
(in HS codes). Also include Singapore's
economic data for 2002, list of top traders
and other useful information.
20 January 2004 from <http://ieshop.iesingapore.gov.sg/shop/tradestats/productdesc.asp?pid=94>
Thailand Automotive Industry Directory
The directory contains
the leading automotive/motorcycle resources
available from Thailand including:
Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association (TAPMA)
- Thai Automotive Industry Association (TAIA)
- Automotive Industry Club (AIC) in the
Federation of Thai Industries
- Auto-Parts Industry Club (AIC) in the
Federation of Thai Industries
Accessed on 21 January 2004 from <http://www.mediaoverseas.com/taid/index.asp>
B. SELECTED WORLDWIDE WEBSITES
AgriPriceNepal.com: Agi Market Information of Nepal
On 17 August 2002, AEC/Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry and RUPP/MLD/United Nations Development Programme jointly launched this web site. It provides latest price and source of information for more than 150 agri commodities of 18 major markets of Nepal and market price trends for more than 4 years. Weekly, monthly and yearly graphical presentations of agri prices are also included. (Accessed on 21 January 2004)
Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) - APEC
Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) promotes and facilitates the development and use of electronic commerce by creating legal, regulatory and policy environments in the APEC region. The ECSG's program to maximise the benefits of e-commerce for business in the APEC region includes work on data privacy, consumer protection, cyber-security, paperless trading and trade facilitation. (Accessed on 15 January 2004).
FAS Online: Commodity Information
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of United States Department of Agriculture provides world market information on agricultural commodity analysis reports and import/export data including:
- Exporter Assistance: Buyer Alert, Trade Leads, Foreign Buyers List, US Suppliers and Overseas Offices;
- Agricultural Advisory Committees for Trade (APAC/ATACs): A liaison mechanism between government and private sectors regarding agricultural trade issues. (Accessed on
15 January 2004)
Global Trade Negotiations Home Page
Email: Global Trade@ksg.havard.edu
This home page provides a centralized information resource on global trade negotiations. It gathers and disseminates information and research on the multilateral trade system. As an academic resource, it offers an objective entry point to the many trade-related resources on the Internet. (Accessed on 7 January 2004).
International Sugar Organization
International Sugar Organization is a unique intergovernmental body devoted to improving conditions on the world's sugar market through debate, analysis, special studies and transparent statistics. (Accessed on 27 January 2004).
International Trade Reporter
Doing business around the world with current information on laws, regulations, cases, and policy developments affecting U.S. trade, international business, and major U.S. trading partners, are provided in this comprehensive multi-part resource. (Accessed on 14 January 2004).
OECD: Trade Directorate
The key objective of OECD work on trade is to support a strong, rules-based multilateral trading system that will maintain the momentum for further trade liberalisation, while contributing to rising standards of living and sustainable development. To achieve its goals in the field of trade and trade policy, OECD undertakes informed policy analysis of market access and regulatory issues, as well as trade rules and policy links. (Accessed on 28 January 2004).
Singapore's FTA Network: Expanding Markets, Connecting Partners
The FTA web site is designed to be a one-stop platform on all matters relating to FTAs by Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. It contains the relevant information for Singapore manufacturer, trader and service provider including tariff savings calculator. (Accessed on 21 January 2004).
StatLink: Singapore Trade Statistics
StatLink is a trade statistics search service owned and operated by IE Singapore. It generates reports on Singapore's trade in terms of markets, products or commodities under HS and SITC Codes. Figures cover imports, exports, re-exports, domestic exports and total trade. (Accessed on 20 January 2004).
TDC Global Network
Trade Development Council (TDC) is the global marketing arm and service hub for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service exporters. There are more than 40 offices around the world. This network enhances to expand business in international trade by providing marketing opportunities, business matching services, market intelligence and SME development programmes. (Accessed on 9 January 2004).
WorldTradeLaw.net: The Online Source for World Trade Law
WorldTradeLaw.net offers two main services:
- Information and documents related to international trade law; a full-text search engine for GATT/WTO decisions; a large collection of links to other sources of information on the web; and a discussion forum.
- A Dispute Settlement Commentary (DSC) service is a comprehensive legal research tool for WTO dispute settlement. Features include summary/analysis of all reports/arbitrations; up-to-date keyword index; and a database of dispute settlement tables/statistics. (Accessed on 9 January 2004).
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