ARTNeT Newsletter: July 2015
- ARTNeT Policy Brief - Financing Trade and Supply Chains
- Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade
- ESCAP/ITD/ARTNeT National Trade Negotiating Training Project
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.
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.
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.
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