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07 to 10 December 2021 | Open meeting

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The ability to analyze trade issues is essential for all countries to design evidence-based policies and negotiation strategies for a sustained recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and achieving SDGs. This online workshop aims at building the capacity of researchers and policy analysts in developing countries to analyze trade issues and taking into account the long-run impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on value chains and digital trade flows. The online workshop, organized by UNESCAP, brings together in-house as well as partner expertise from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Organisation for Economic-Cooperation and Development (OECD).

 

Target audience

The workshop targets applied researchers and analysts in academia, think tank institutions, and trade-related government agencies. We especially encourage participants who want to strengthen their understanding of value chain analysis, digital trade and related regulatory analysis, and/or who are or may be involved in the design of policies related to these issues.

 

Objectives

The learning objectives of the workshop are:

  • to develop an understanding on new normal trade issues, including value chains, services and digital trade.
  • to establish an appreciation of frameworks and methodologies to measure and analyze trade in value added and trade policy to address the hyper-dependent economic environment and acceleration of digital transformation
  • to familiarize participants with sources of data and tools for analyzing trade in value added and digital trade policy
  • to build practical skills in using the data and tools in policy-oriented research and develop policy recommendations  to promote value chain and digital trade  for sustainable development

 

Structure of the workshop

The workshop includes live discussions, and self-studying sessions during which participants will be required to watch VDO lectures and complete exercises. Participants will be required to bring results to discuss in live sessions with the workshop facilitator(s).

 

Registration dateline

2 December 2021

 

Related links

RIVA: Regional intregation and value chain analyzer

ESCAP Digital and Sustainable Regional Integration Index (DigiSRII)

ESCAP-OECD Initiative on Digital Trade Regulatory Analysis, 1 April 2021, Virtual

Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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Mr. Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy and facilitation throughout Asia and the Pacific, including on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. He spearheaded the development of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), as well as the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database and the UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation. Mr. Duval was also instrumental in the development of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) and the negotiation of a new intergovernmental Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, adopted as a UN treaty in 2016.

Prior to joining the UN, He held faculty positions at the Asian Institute of Technology and Washington State University, USA.

Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka
Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka is a core researcher for the division, in particular the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, and leading the DigiSRII 1.0 project of ESCAP. Her research areas cover economic impacts of trade and investment policies as well as contemporary trade  issues of Asia-Pacific countries including trade tensions, global value chains, regional integration, services and digital-trade policies, and trade policies to support sustainable development.  She has also run and served as a resource person for capacity-building programmes, particularly those related to evidence-based policymaking and research. Before joining ESCAP, she was a lecturer of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, Thailand, and also worked  in the advisory team of Thailand’s minister of industry, foreign affairs, and commissioner of Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

Mr. Javier López González
Mr. Javier López González
Senior Economist, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
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Javier López González is a Senior Economist at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD. His recent work focuses on issues related to trade in the digital era: developing frameworks for the analysis of digital trade, including in the context of exploring what market openness means in the 21st century; investigating regulatory approaches to cross-border data flows; and identifying potential economic costs and benefits of digital trade. He has previously worked on the drivers and implications of participation in global value chains. Javier holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex.

Ms. Irene Olivan Garcia
Ms. Irene Olivan Garcia
Trade Policy Analyst, Trade in Services Division, OECD
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Irene Olivan Garcia is a trade policy analyst at the Trade in Services Division of the OECD. Her work focuses on analysing policy trends affecting services trade in particular in the digital era. She assists in managing the annual update of the OECD’s Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) as well as the Digital STRI. Irene is a lawyer and previously worked in a law firm on data protection, intellectual property and IT law issues.

Mr. Janos Ferencz
Mr. Janos Ferencz
Trade Policy Analyst, Trade in Services Division, OECD
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Janos Ferencz is a trade policy analyst at the Trade in Services Division of the OECD. He works on analysing policy trends affecting services trade globally using the OECD’s Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), and manages the annual update of the STRI regulatory database and indices. Additionally, Janos’ work covers digital trade focusing on lowering trade barriers for digitally enabled services. He developed the OECD Digital STRI tool, and contributed to analysis on digital trade and market openness, cross-border data flows, and the trade implications of new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence. Janos is a jurist with background in international trade law.

Dr. Biswajit Nag
Dr. Biswajit Nag
Professor of Economics, The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
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Mr. Biswajit Nag is a Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi. Involved in empirical economic research for more than two decades, he also has teaching experience in Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Ukraine. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE), Japan (2018-19). Earlier, he served the Poverty and Development Division of the UN-ESCAP, Bangkok (2003-04). He was also Chair Professor of India Studies in Ukraine sponsored by Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) in Jan-Feb 2014.

Currently, he is one of the advisors on Global Value Chain at Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNet) and advisory board member of UN-ESCAP’s E-learning courses on Trade and SDGs. He is also one of the advisory members to Infinite Sum Modelling, a US based Research Company and Deft Advisory and Research Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. Prof Nag has authored two books, edited two and wrote number of research papers in peer reviewed journals. He has completed number of projects for Government of India, international agencies (UN, IFC/World Bank, WTO, EU, JICA, DFID, and ADB etc.) and private sector. Prof Nag is currently specialising in Global Value Chain, Trade & Technology and Implication of Trade on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He teaches International Economics, Trade Analytics, Advance topics in Macroeconomics and Econometrics.

Mr. Anurag Agarwal
Mr. Anurag Agarwal
Economic and Statistical Analyst, ADB
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Anurag Agarwal is a consultant at the Asian Development Bank where he is involved in research related to digital economy and global value chains. He holds an MA degree in Economics from Soka University, Japan, with specialization in International Business. Anurag has previously worked as a financial and actuarial analyst.

 

Ms. Jahm Mae E. Guinto
Ms. Jahm Mae E. Guinto
Economic Research Analyst, ADB
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Jahm Mae E. Guinto is a consultant at the Asian Development Bank. She holds an MA degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines. Currently, she is involved in research related to the digital economy, global value chains, and taxation.

Mr. Richard Lobo
Mr. Richard Lobo
ESCAP Research Consultant
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Mr. Yohan Nah
Mr. Yohan Nah
ESCAP Research Consultant
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Ms. Natnicha Sutthivana
Ms. Natnicha Sutthivana
ESCAP Research Consultant
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Self-study 1: Understanding GVCs and Trade in Value Added

Self-study 2: Measurements, Indicators, Interpretation

Self-study 3: Using Regional Integration and Value Chain Analyzer (RIVA) in Policy Analysis

Self-study 4: GVCs and Policy Issues in the Post COVID-19 New Normal

Self-study 5: Hands-on Using Value Chain Analyzer in RIVA

Digital Trade Regulatory Analysis

Self-study 6: Regional Digital Trade Regulatory Index (RDTII)

Self-study 7: Digital Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (DSTRI)

for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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