ARTNeT Newsletter: January/February 2015
- A Warm Welcome to Our Newest ARTNeT Member: CEIEUI, Iran
- New ARTNeT Advisors
- ARTNeT Policy Brief: The Australian Experience of Implementing FTAs
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. The objective of the meeting is to build capacity of local researchers so that they can better help in producing the high quality analytical inputs required for evidence-based policymaking. The seminar will include presentations from the Yangon University of Economics faculty as well as international trade experts who will discuss research methodologies in this regard. A part of the seminar is dedicated to training sessions related to services trade and regulatory reforms.
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