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15 to 17 June 2016 | By invitation only

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of Bhutan, are jointly organizing a regional workshop on “Opportunities and challenges in using evidence-based trade policy for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals”. The workshop will take place from 15 to 17 June 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan.
The main purpose of this workshop is to enhance the capacity of governments as well of regional and international organizations in collection and use of data to support holistic and evidence-based policymaking. 

Related documents


  1. Programme - Regional Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Using Evidence-based Trade Policy 


  1. Session 1 - Trade and Sustainable Development
  2. Session 2 - Overview of SDGs and (I)POA Goals with Focus on Trade as Means of Implementation
  3. Session 3 - Using Available Statistics for Monitoring SDG Target: Issues with Merchandise Trade Data
  4. Session 4 - Country presentations- Nepal and other 7 Countries
  5. Session 5 - Achieving SDGS: Trade Policy, GVCs and Economic Diversification
  6. Session 6 - Evidence on Trade Protection for Monitoring SDG Targets and Policy Formulation
  7. Session 7&8 - Use of Input-Output Data in Building Evidence for Trade Policymaking
  8. Session 9 - Services Trade and Services Trade Statistics
  9. Session 10 - Use of Surveys in Collecting Services Trade Data – Example from India
  10. Session 11 - Understanding Restrictions in Services Trade- Services Trade Restrictiveness Index


  1. Statement by Honorable Minister Lyonpo Lekey Dorji, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan
  2. Closing Statement by Honourable Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan

Additional materials

  1. Testing Data Availability to Determine Baseline for Trade Related Indicators

for more information, please contact

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