|Asian Economic Integration Report 2016: What Drives Foreign Direct Investment in Asia and the Pacific?|
The 2016 Asian Economic Integration Report reviews regional economic cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific, amidst the rising global uncertainty following the United Kingdom’s referendum on leaving the European Union and the U.S. election, slower-than-expected global economic recovery, and ongoing economic restructuring in the People’s Republic of China and growth moderation. Asia faces heightened uncertainty–trade growth decelerated in 2015, falling to 2.3% in 2015; subregional trade linkages continue to strengthen, but inter-subregional trade linkages weakened; and non-tariff measures have become major obstacles to trade. In South Asia, SASEC cooperation has improved access to key markets in smaller economies, reduced real trade costs and behind-the-border barriers to stimulate investment; and enabled cross-border power exchanges to ensure power supply affordability, reliability, and overall grid stability. However, the SASEC agenda needs to be framed within wider integration processes taking place in Asia in the next decade to enhance economic linkages, and harness the full potential of Asian integration.
Author: Asian Development Bank
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Tags: ADB, ASEAN, Asia-Pacific, Development, FDI, Free Trade Agreements, Regional Cooperation, Regional Integration, SASEC, Trade Facilitation, UNCTAD, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka
|Trade Facilitation for a More Inclusive and Connected Asia and Pacific Region: Progress and Way Forward|
This report gives an overview of assessments from the 2017 global survey on trade facilitation and paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific. It looks at the implementation of trade facilitation and paperless trade measures in 44 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The report also looks at how the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework promotes development by deepening regional cooperation. The framework covers national and subregional projects in Customs harmonization, improving cross-border facilities, and transport facilitation. The framework also supports regulatory reforms and the development of the National Single Window Customs management system in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal.
Author: Asian Development Bank and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
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Tags: ADB, Bangladesh, Bhutan, BIMSTEC, Maldives, Nepal, Regional Cooperation, Regional Integration, SAARC, SASEC, Standards Harmonization, Trade Facilitation, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO, UNESCAP
|Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: Thinking Forward About Trade Costs and the Digital Economy|
This report examines how Aid For Trade has contributed to various trends in trade costs in Asia and the Pacific and suggests constructive ways to further address trade costs in the region. The report also takes a glimpse at how the $47.67-million South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program works to enhance the processing of cross-border trade by (i) developing modern effective Customs administrations, (ii) promoting transparency through the development of the National Single Window system, and (iii) improving information for traders and investors through the development of trade portals and the establishment of trade facilitation committees in each country.
Author: Asian Development Bank
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Tags: ADB, Agriculture, Aid for Trade, Bangladesh, Customs, Energy, Gender, India, Infrastructure, SASEC, Single Window, Small and Medium Enterprise, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Trade Facilitation, Transport, WCO, WTO
|Myanmar’s Integration with the World|
Myanmar only recently began participating in global trade and investment. It has large untapped potentials for trade and investment in agriculture and forest based industries, and services, such as tourism and information technology. This book examines Myanmar’s access to the global market and examines the implication of democratic transition of Myanmar, the progress of Myanmar’s industry and infrastructure, its international linkages, and options for integrating more in regional economic groups. The book also analyzes how Myanmar could exploit global value chains.
Author: Prabir de and Ajitava Raychaudhuri, editors
Tags: Agriculture, Global Value Chains, Infrastructure, Investment, ICT, Myanmar, Regional Integration, Trade
|Regional Road Map for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific|
Countries set in motion in 2015 the most ambitious development agenda of our time, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Asian countries have begun translating this agenda into action through national plans and programs. However, in order to fully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, countries need to examine opportunities for regional cooperation to complement the effectiveness of national mechanisms in the areas of finance, technology, capacity-building, and trade. Regional discussion through regional and subregional organizations can help facilitate cooperation in these key areas.
Author: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
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Tags: Regional Cooperation, SAARC, Sustainable Development Goals, Trade, UNESCAP
|Myanmar’s Engagement in Regional Integration: Status and Way Forward (AWP No. 169)|
Myanmar connects Asia’s three big markets—Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, and India, owing to its strategic position. Since 2011, Myanmar has laid down economic reforms that are unlocking the country’s potential. This working paper discusses Myanmar’s participation in regional partnerships, such as the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation, which it joined in 2017. It argues that such partnerships are essential in building Myanmar’s infrastructure and speeding up its growth.
Author: Prabir De
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Tags: ADB, ASEAN, India, Myanmar, Regional Cooperation, Regional Integration, SASEC, UNESCAP
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