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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.


UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation Database

An online database featuring the results of the first UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation. This database provides a forward-looking overview of the current state of trade facilitation implementation in 119 economies across 8 regions worldwide, including some of the key trade facilitation measures featured in the WTO TFA Agreement, as well as more advanced cross-border paperless trade measures. The global report accompanying this dataset, along with a number of regional/subregional reports and country notes based on the Survey results are available on the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade (UNNExT) website.


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: February 2016

  • Grants awarded to researchers for project on ASEAN integration
  • Short Course in Global Trade Analysis
  • New Book Reviews


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