Recognized as an effective model for pursuing trade policy research, advocacy and capacity building
ARTNeT is an open regional network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks with a keen interest in addressing international trade and investment policy and facilitation issues in the context of sustainable development. Since 2005, the ARTNeT community has been conducting demand-driven research and analysis on relevant trade and investment issues, resulting in a spectrum of available publications. Simultaneously, as many of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have yet to evolve trade-related research programmes, ARTNeT strives to build research capacity in the region, particularly in least developed countries. Moreover, ARTNeT acts as a research dissemination platform and organizes meetings that enable research institutions and policy makers to exchange information and collaborate, with the ultimate achievement to leverage trade and investment as engines for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.
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.