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A quantitative assessment of economic impact of trade wars and the 'Make in India’ program

In a unique attempt, our paper aims to provide a quantitative economic assessment of the impact of “Make in India”, a flagship program for industrialization, launched by the Government of India in 2014, combining it with the global trade war of 2017-18. We analyze whether the expected favourable impact of the former was reversed due to its reactive policies compared its pro-active policies, and whether it worsened due to the trade war, whose effects continue to aggravate in a post-COVID recalibration of global supply chains.


IPRs, creative economies and localized development initiatives

Creativity and innovation play increasingly important roles in modern societies. In both developed and developing countries alike, artistic, scientific and economic creativity accounts for significant portions of GPD and trade in creative goods is an increasingly important contributor to global trade flows.


Opportunity next door: An analysis of India market entry strategies of Sri Lankan firms

Sri Lanka and India have a bilateral free trade agreement that spans twenty years, and although exports from Sri Lanka to its large neighbouring market has grown over time, the market entry performance has been somewhat lacklustre. Yet, the success of some Sri Lankan firms holds useful insights on what has worked and what has not. The present paper, based on surveying firms and in-depth interviews, assesses the India entry strategies of leading Sri Lankan firms that have established themselves and seen success in India. Their experience bears lessons for others seeking to access the large and growing Indian middle-class market, and provides some salutary messages for trade promotion and facilitation entities to boost bilateral trade.


Value chain development for deeper integration of East Asia and Latin America

This paper uses new data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners, including the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), to track the importance of trade within global value chains in East Asia and Latin America. The analysis shows that while value chain trade is important within the overall trade landscape, it takes place to a significant extent within a traditional paradigm in which Latin America most often supplies raw materials, and East Asia supplies manufactured goods.


Trade facilitation in times of pandemic: practices from South and South West Asia

The world and regional economies have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The combined effects of the pandemic and global and national lockdowns have caused havoc in the countries of South and South-West Asia (SSWA), with their trade severely impacted. This paper investigates the subregion’s experience implementing trade facilitation measures in the times of COVID-19. The paper indicates that the SSWA countries have achieved remarkable progress in trade facilitation, especially as the COVID-19 crisis progressed.


Trade facilitation in times of pandemic: practices from North and Central Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated attempts to contain its spread have created unprecedented hurdles to international trade. This paper reviews trade facilitation measures implemented in North and Central Asia (NCA), including transport and trade finance facilitation. All NCA countries have sought to protect the public health by restricting movement of people (including across borders) and applying special sanitary regulations at border crossings. These have included requirements to sanitize trucks, protect customs officials, change drivers, and requiring COVID-19 tests from drivers.


Trade facilitation in times of pandemic: practices from the East and North- East Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic is considered the most serious health crisis and the greatest challenge to humankind since the Second World War. Although countries in East and North-East Asia (ENEA) were the first to be hit by COVID-19, they have so far been successful in controlling the outbreak with relatively low fatalities, partially thanks to various containment measures.


Negotiating strategies for LDCs to make the most of Aid for Trade

This paper explores the kinds of demands governments in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) could and should be formulating and submitting in the context of the ecommerce negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as well as any current or proposed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) they are engaged in with advanced industrialized countries.