ARTNeT consultative workshop in Beijing explores future research agenda for trade facilitation and inclusive growth

Trade facilitation and inclusive growth was the theme when participants gathered in Beijing on 12 September. Organized by ARTNeT in cooperation with China International Electronic Commerce Centre (CIECC) and the International Poverty Reduction Center China (IPRCC), the objective of the session was to discuss the latest outputs from a China-funded project on trade facilitation and poverty and discuss the way forward in terms of research on trade facilitation for inclusive and sustainable growth.

The event was held back-to-back with the Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2013. APTFF, organised by UNESCAP and ADB, has become the main annual open regional platform to exchange information, experiences and practices for trade facilitation in the Asia-Pacific, identify priority areas for regional cooperation and integration, and learn about new tools and services which can increase the efficiency of cross-border transactions.

Sixth South Asia Economic Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 6th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES)took place in Colombo from the 2nd to 4th September, 2013. The institute of Policy Studies, an ARTNeT member and leading economic policy think tank based in Sri-Lanka, organized the event.   This year’s summit was structured along four themes:  ‘Harnessing Human Capital Potential’, ‘Tackling Environmental Challenges and Climate Change’, ‘Managing Intra-country Growth Disparities’ and ‘Building Competitiveness of the Private Sector’.

The gathering provided an opportunity for South Asian policy makers, researchers, public officials and private-sector experts to gather and share perspectives the emerging growth opportunities and challenges for South Asia in the context of changing global economic dynamics.

“Trade and Investment for Tomorrow” workshop in Macao, China from 10 to 12 December, 2013

With support from the Government of Macao, ARTNeT will host a workshop on “Trade and Investment for Tomorrow: Promoting Asia-Pacific Regional Integration”. Discussion at the workshop will focus on recent theoretical and empirical advances in trade, investment and integration. The overall goal 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.

ARTNeT has released a call for papers and proposals for session topics for this upcoming workshop and is now reviewing applications. Registration for participants will begin shortly.

Training of trainers programme held in Myanmar

As part of ESCAP capacity building work in Myanmar, ARTNeT, in collaboration with the Center for WTO Studes of IIFT, India, and Myanmar's Ministry of Commerce and Trade Training Institute (TTI), organized a Training of Trainers workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. Held from 19-23 August the event focused on WTO and trade related issues. Participants also received initial dissemination of ESCAP technical assistance on formulating the Trade Defence Rules. The TTI will help develop the skills and knowledge of officials, assisting with the development of an effective trade policy for the country. The meeting was inaugurated by the DG, Ministry of Commerce. A follow up event is being planned for later in the year.

Capacity building workshop for trade research from 7 to 11 October, 2013 in Bangladesh

An ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop will be organized in partnership with the WTO, and the Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (a new member of ARTNeT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 7 to 11 October, 2013.  As Mohammad Farhad BFTI Research Fellow explains: “There are still serious capacity constrains among Bangladeshi researchers in business and trade related issues both in quantitative and qualitative analysis. This often hinders national processes of evidence informed trade and economic policy making in Bangladesh. The Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research "Trade Flows and Trade Policy Analysis”  will certainly help to enhance the research capacity of  Bangladeshi researchers, as well as familiarize them with different statistical and quantitative research tools to analyze and develop alternative policy options in the field of International Trade and Economics.”

Visions of inclusivity: student photo competition now open

What image captures the idea of inclusivity? UNESCAP  and  ARTNeT  is  seeking the help of the Asia-Pacific student  communities  in gathering  visions of inclusivity in a photo  competition  held in connection with the third ESCAP Trade and Investment   Week   in  November  2013.  ARTNeT  is  calling  for students from  member to  send   snapshots  from  their  everyday  life, depicting  any of the following categories:

  1. Social and environmental consequences of openness to international exchange
  2. How international exchange  improves  well being in your community
  3. Impacts of economic integrations
  4. Connecting for creativity and innovation.

Please submit your photo before 16th of October, with entries being accepted at  The winners for each category will be announced at the third Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week and will receive gift sets from ESCAP, WIPO and other partners.