Capacity Building Workshop on Trade Flows and Trade Policy Analysis held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

A capacity building workshop on trade research took place at the  Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (a new institutional member of ARTNeT) between 7 and 11 October. Designed to enhance the research capacity of participants, the workshop covered essential trade analysis tools including trade flow analysis, trade policy impacts quantification and gravity modeling. In addition, easy to use and freely available analytical software packages were presented. A number of participants spoke enthusiastically about plans to apply practically what they had learnt. One student from the Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) commented “My institution will use my new knowledge and analytical skills for future research.” The workshop was jointly organized by the ARTNeT secretariat backed by the Trade and Investment Division of United Nations ESCAP and the World Trade Organization secretariat

New ARTNeT Associate Partners from Myanmar and Mongolia

ARTNeT Secretariat is pleased to welcome new Associate Partners from Myanmar and Mongolia, two countries previously without ARTNeT institutions.

From Myanmar, we are happy to welcome the Myanmar Trade Training Institute (TTI) as an Associate Partner. TTI is a non-profit training and research institution built on the concept of public-private partnership (PPP). TTI was established by the Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar. It is managed by a 10 member high level Board of Directors representing both the Government and the private sector with the Honorable Commerce Minister as the chairman.

From Mongolia, we are looking forward to partnership with the Mongolian Development Strategy Institute (MDSI). The Mongolian Development Strategy Institute was established in 2003 as a research think tank in Mongolia with a mission to address macro-level strategic issues such as trade and investment policies, as well as Mongolia’s role in regional economic integration. MDSI was part of the ESCAP/ARTNeT capacity building event for Government officials and private sector representatives held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in September 2013. The event was held in partnership with the Ministry of Economic development, Mongolia and GIZ.

“Trade and Investment for Tomorrow”: December 2013 ARTNeT Workshop in Macao, China

The workshop “Trade and Investment for Tomorrow: Promoting Asia-Pacific Regional Integration” will be held from December 10-12, 2013, supported by the Government of Macao, China. The objective of the workshop is to use recent theoretical and empirical research findings to gain a better understanding of the contemporary problems and policy challenges faced by developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Panjai Limchupong (limchupong@un.org) or Adam Heal (heal@un.org). Confirmed key note speakers include Bernard Hoekman, Patrick low and Simon Evenett and more than 20 papers have been selected for the presentation at the workshop. In the afternoon of the last day of the workshop a Multistakeholders steering committee meeting will be held to provide guidance for ARTNeT phase four.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week 18-22 November 2013, Bangkok

The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week brings together government officials and other stakeholders every two years for discussions on issues of importance to trade and investment policy making in the region. This year, the theme of the week is “Towards Inclusive Trade and Investment”.

Drawing on the presence of senior policy makers from across the Asia-Pacific region, the week hosts a number of engaging events related to trade and investment policy making, covering areas from trade facilitation and trade agreements, to sustainable agriculture, science and technology capacity building, and responsible business practices. Highlights of the week include the ESCAP-OECD Conference on Regional Cooperation in Advancing Responsible Business Practices, the High-level Dialogue on "Reviving Multilateralism: Road to Bali and Beyond" and the Global Trade Facilitation Conference. The week will culminate in the Third session of the ESCAP Committee on Trade and Investment.

Creativity and Innovation: ARTNeT CENSUS and Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce

ARTNeT CENSUSis the first UN-led regional knowledge platform on intellectual property rights. Among many significant relationships, ARTNeT CENSUS is establishing a partnership with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), Thailand. Recent collaboration has particularly focused on the creative economy and its potential to be the driver for economic growth and increasing inclusivity. ESCAP, along with MOC, recently arranged the Asia Creativity and Innovation Conference 2013 - Creative Minds that Move the World. The event showcased some of the brightest individual examples of how creativity has led to economic success in fields such as industrial chemicals and the entertainment industry.