Capacity Building

As many of the countries in the region have yet to evolve trade-related research programmes, ARTNeT strives to build research capacity in the region, particularly in least developed countries. This is done through implementation of regional team-based research studies, research grants to junior researchers from least developed countries (LDC), organization of technical training workshops for trade research, and visiting fellowships to non-LDC institutions.

ARTNeT holds workshops to increase understanding on relevant policy issues and empirical tools for trade analysis. Moreover, ARTNeT builds and supports new datasets and research tools. Since 2005, more than 60 workshops have been held with more than 1500 individuals having received training. In collaboration with the WTO research division and various other partners, ARTNeT has held 9 research capacity building workshops that also involved post-workshop mentoring and resulted in successful “learning by doing” and published research outputs including through post-workshop grants.


Since its first publication in early 2005, ARTNeT has issued a total of 16 research-based books, 158 working papers, and 58 policy briefs and alerts. Recent working papers have focused on: non-tariff measures in ASEAN; the impacts of export processing zones on poverty reduction; and trade facilitation for small and medium enterprises. ARTNeT research outputs feed into regional policy debates and are reprinted in journals and technical reports.

ARTNeT and its members aim to produce high quality research and analysis on trade and investment related issues. In Phase II, the ARTNeT research programme developed in close consultation with research institutions and policy makers, emphasizes the implementation of regional multi-institutions research studies under the following themes: (1) Trade, investment, and domestic policy coherence for inclusive growth, (2) Trade Facilitation (TF) and Development of Related Services Sectors, and (3) Multilateral Trade Liberalization and Regional integration.


ARTNeT research is efficiently disseminated by various means including a dedicated website facilitating more 300,000 publication downloads in 2013 alone, social media, and regular publications. More importantly, ARTNeT’s thematic multi-stakeholder consultative meetings provide research institutions and policymakers with an opportunity to exchange information and data, share ideas, and review and refine research findings and recommendations.

ARTNeT research as well as members' research is disseminated through various means, including a dedicated website, an online regional database of trade-related publications, a working paper and a policy brief series, a newsletter and other publications. More importantly, ARTNET thematic consultative meetings provide both the research institutions and policy makers with an opportunity to exchange information, share ideas, and review and refine research findings.

Aid for Trade

The purpose of Aid for Trade is to provide developing countries increased financial and technical assistance in the area of trade to enable them to take advantage of multilateral trade liberalization which in turn would contribute towards their development and reduction of poverty.

Aid for Trade is geared to generating growth, employment and income and therefore a contribution to the first of the Millennium Development Goals namely to reduce the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day (MDG 1). It is directly linked to MDG 8, which aims to establish a global partnership for development, in particular to develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule based, predictable and non-discriminatory, as it supports development of supply-side capacity for countries to utilize trade more effectively.

The Aid for Trade initiative is rooted in the premise that trade liberalization supports long-term development in all developing countries, regardless of their differences, provided that they are assisted to cope with the cost of adjustment to trade liberalization and to enhance their trading capacity.

The purpose of this website is to give a reader a conceptual understanding of what is Aid for Trade and its importance towards development; and to provide comprehensive information on the work done by various agencies and their relevant publications. Through this website, we aim to create one umbrella where important/relevant information is available to facilitate the coordination and monitoring of Aid for Trade amongst various stakeholders to make it more effective.

Further information on the Aid for Trade initiative can be found on the Aid for Trade page.


CENSUS is an ARTNeT initiative concerning intellectual property rights (IPR's )for facilitating the Asia-Pacific growth of the innovation economy by offering the region an interactive and engaging network for regional stakeholders be they involved policy makers, esteemed academics or expert intellectual property lawyers.

Our Genesis

In early 2012 the ARTNeT secreteriat set out to establish the network as a repsonse to the observable demand for a plaftorm providing accessible, relevant and unbiased information on IPR's and their practical effects in the region. With the participation of an initial set of active members and other partners CENSUSwas created to help close the development gaps in the Asia-Pacific through enhanced use and undestanding of IPRs.

Our Mission

The ARTNeT secreteriat collaborates closely with regional stakeholders in order to strenghten the development of the Asia-Pacific region by means of capacity building, network building, research and norm advocacy. ARTNeT CENSUS will mobilize not only the regional stakeholders but also those global partners with a solid background in IPRs and related policies that are able to contribute their best practices and past experiences.

In collaboration with suitable and motivated partners ARTNeT CENSUS will target its activities at in particular at the SME's and policy- and decision makers of the Asia-Pacific region. Special attention is given to the priority needs of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our Objectivies

  • To establish a regional network of relevant  stakeholders
  • To enhance regional awareness, knowledge and understanding of intellectual property rights and of their social and economic impacts
  • To build regional capacity to effectively manage and deal with intellectual property rights
  • To facilitate regional trade and investment by improved use of intellectual property rights
  • To facilitate the development and implementation of effective and sustainable IPR norms, policies and measures within the Asia-Pacific region

Our Activities

In collaboration with its partners and members ARTNeT CENSUS aims to provide a steady stream of knowledge on IPRs and their connections to trade and investment through engaging events such as seminars and workshops and publications such as a quarterly newsletter availabe here.

Take Part in the Development of the Asia-Pacific IPR Regime

The memberbase of CENSUS spans through various fields of expertise and positions, covering individuals and organizations involved and interested in IPR issues. CENSUS is an open network and we full-heartedly welcome new members who are intersted in the development of the Asia-Pacific IPR regime.

If you are interested in joining our network please contact with your personal/organization details.

ARTNeT Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Initiative

The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNeT) GMS initiative aims to provide enhanced complementary support to research institutions from the subregion to conduct joint trade-related research on issues of interest to policymakers. The initiative includes a capacity-building component involving researchers and research institutions in three GMS countries (Cambodia, Viet Nam, and Lao PDR), as well as a research programme component in line with priority areas identified through ARTNeT consultations and relevant government focal points.

Further information on the initiative can be found on the ARTNeT Greater Mekong Subregion Initiative page.

ARTNeT Services Trade and Regulation

The ARTNeT Services Trade and Regulation platform to provide enhanced access to resources relating to trade and regulation in services, including links to trainings and publications, as well as to databases of statistics and regulations of relevance to services. ARTNeT researchers and partners are welcome to contribute relevant resources to this site by contacting the ARTNeT Secretariat at

For experts and regulators in the area of services trade, please register below or search for other experts and regulators.

Expert Group on Trade and SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the new global development framework. The 2030 Agenda recognizes international trade as an important means of implementation and as an engine for promoting inclusive growth. The ARTNeT Expert Group on Trade and SDGs is expected to play a bridging role between research communities that are currently operating (often) separately on themes of international trade and SDGs. The expert group will use the established channels of work of ARTNeT, including the establishment of an advisory board, organization of research capacity building workshops and regular knowledge dissemination and multi-stakeholder consultation.

ARTNeT researchers and partners are welcome to contribute relevant resources to this initiative by contacting the ARTNeT secretariat at

ARTNeT will be continuously circulating information pertaining to this initiative through this website, ARTNeT newsletter and social media.


  • Contribute to the open consultation on possible refinements to the SDGs Global Indicator Framework, 19 - 28 September 2016
  • Events

  • Green Economy and Trade Training and Experts’ Workshop, 23-25 May 2017, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2017, 29-31 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Regional Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Using Evidence-based Trade Policy for the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, 15 - 17 June 2016, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Resources

    Online training course: Trade and SDGs

    The ESCAP in collaboration with ARTNeT has released an online course focusing on Trade and SDGs. The access to the course is free to the public and the content is chosen to provide an accessible learning on the transition from ‪MDGs‬ to SDGs, type process and rationale behind opting for a universal goal, and introduces the main linkages between trade and the SDGs. The three modules now form a basic level course and will be followed by more advanced and tailored courses to respond to capacity building needs in this substantive area.

    The modules are temporary under maintenance.

    A Sustainability Toolkit for Trade Negotiators: Trade and investment as vehicles for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda [link]

    Scoping Study on Intra-ASEAN Value Chain Cooperation and Trade in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies [link]

    South-South trade in renewable energy: A trade flow analysis of selected environmental goods [link]

    Sustainability Standards in the Vietnamese Aquaculture Sector [link]

    Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook [link]