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The Australian Experience of Implementing FTAs. by Andrew Hudson, ARTNeT Policy Brief, No. 44, December 2014

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) entered into force on 12 December 2014, expanding trade opportunities among two of the Asia-Pacific's largest trading economies. This policy brief summarizes the process of concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and moving to implementation from the perspective of recent Australian experience.


ESCAP World Bank: International Trade Costs Database

In late 2011, United Nations ESCAP and the World Bank (WB) joined hands to develop a common standard methodology for calculating comprehensive international trade costs and provide the research and policy community with a global reference. The resulting ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database issued in December 2012 covered 178 countries.The current version includes data from 1995 to 2011 for over 180 countries.


WTO/ESCAP 10th ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research: "Empirical Methods in Trade: Analyzing Trade Costs and Trade Facilitation"

This seminar is organized by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, the Centre for WTO Studies, India, and Yangon University of Economics. This workshop focuses on the use of applied empirical methods in analyzing trade costs and trade facilitation. This hands-on workshop will provide a review of how applied econometrics, gravity models, and existing databases such as the ESCAP-World Bank Trade costs and World Bank Enterprise Surveys databases can be used in research related to trade costs and trade facilitation. Participants in this training will learn how to apply empirical tools to answer research and policy questions related to trade facilitation through practical exercises as well as presentations of their research proposals.

ARTNeT Newsletter: August 2015

  • Workshop on Management of Land Use Toward Sustainability
  • ARTNeT Awards for Research on Trade Costs and Trade Facilitation
  • Call for Papers: APEA Economics and Finance Conference 2016


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