ESCAP knowledge networks develop and share expertise on pressing regional challenges. They have a particular focus on capacity development and research relevant for developing countries in the region.
The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) is an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks across the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 2004 with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. ARTNeT aims to increase the quality and the amount of relevant trade research in the region by more effectively harnessing the research capacity already available and developing additional capabilities. At present, ARTNeT has 40 member institutions, 5 core partners and 20 associate partners working towards this aim. These members include leading national trade research and academic institutions in 21 developing countries from East, South, and South-East Asia and the Pacific.
The United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) is a community of knowledge and practice for experts from developing countries and transition economies from Asia and the Pacific involved in the implementation of electronic trade systems and trade facilitation.
Established by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in 2009, it aims to support national, sub-regional and transcontinental Single Window and paperless trade initiatives. Its emphasis is on training, knowledge sharing, and application of international standards that are developed by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), the World Customs Organization, and other relevant organizations.