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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment

This series focuses on developments in international and intra-regional trade, as well as economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific, as curated by researchers on the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

SERVICES AND GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

Services and Global Value Chains

The Asia-Pacific Reality

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
27 Dec 2018
The study on 'Services and Global Value Chains: Asia-Pacific reality' reviews the facts and issues related to the roles of services in global value chains. It provides the framework to understand and assess the linkages among different services as well as between services and manufacturing indust...
DIGITAL TRADE FACI ASIA AND  PACIF

Digital Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific

Studies in Trade, Investment and Innovation No. 87

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
27 Dec 2018
The study on 'Digital Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific' reviews the state of play in implementation of trade facilitation and paperless trade in the Asia and the Pacific region. It also provides estimates of the trade cost reduction potential of trade facilitation implementation scenari...
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

Socially Responsible Business

A Model for a Sustainable Future

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
27 Mar 2018
The global business environment has undergone a major transformation that requires greater knowledge to address the social and environmental challenges of our time. Due to severe climate change and widening of gaps between socioeconomic groups, businesses are pressured to change normative managem...
TRADE FACILITATION PAPERLESS TRADE

Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade

State of Play and the Way Forward for Asia and the Pacific

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
This book features the results of the 2015 UNRC Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation for the Asia-Pacific Region and incorporates them into an econometric analysis estimating the impact of trade facilitation on trade costs. It shows that there is a strong, negativ...
REDUCING TRADE COSTS ASIA PACIFIC

Reducing Trade Costs In Asia-Pacific Developing Countries

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
This publication evaluates the current level of trade costs in the Asia-Pacific region and outlines recent evidence with regard to the impacts of various trade facilitation measures in reducing trade costs. Part I provides an overview of trade costs in Asia and the Pacific, based on the most rece...
REGIONAL INTEGRATION & LABOUR MOBI

Regional Integration and Labour Mobility

Linking Trade, Migration and Development

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
This paper, published as part of the ESCAP series Studies in Trade and Investment, explores the linkages between trade, labour mobility and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The paper moves from an analysis of recent trends in regional labour mobility through an examination of the connectio...
INTL PRODUCTION SHARING & EXCHANGE

International Production Sharing and Exchange Rates of Asian Countries

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
Recent years has seen a sharp increase in the trade of intermediate goods between ASEAN countries and China, reflecting the emergence of China as a regional “assembly centre” and sourcing the bulk of parts and components from countries in South-East and North-East Asia in the production of final ...
ENHANCING REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY

Enhancing Regional Connectivity

Towards a Regional Arrangement for the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
Current implementation of paperless trade systems in the Asia-Pacific region focuses on application to domestic parts of trade processes, while international trade inherently requires trade information to flow across borders along internal supply chains. With current practices of paperless trade ...
WHAT THE ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

What the ASEAN Economic Community Will Mean for Businesses

A Look at the Case of Myanmar

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
24 May 2016
With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) coming into effect, the main purpose of this publication is to serve as a resource to businesses, particularly in Myanmar and the other CLMV countries, in navigating the coming changes. The central conclusion of this guidebook is that despite the numerous o...
LEAST DEV CTRIES & TRADE

Least Developed Countries and Trade

Challenges of Implementing the Bali Package

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
14 Jan 2016
After more than a decade of negotiations, the Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in Bali in 2013, brought reprieve for the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The Ministerial Declaration that was agreed on, known as "Bali Package", intends to help streamline trade procedures through trade facilitation...
BUSINESS & DEV IN MYANMAR

Business and Development in Myanmar

A Policy Handbook for Private Sector Development

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
31 May 2015
This handbook is to provide policymakers, business communities, development organizations, and other interested parties with a thorough overview of the private sector environment in Myanmar today. It outlines the challenges faced by businesses, elaborates on the nature of the challenges and why t...
PROMOT SUSTAIN RESPONS BUSIN ASIA

Promoting Sustainable and Responsible Business in Asia and the Pacific

The Role of Government

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
16 Jan 2014
This policy-oriented paper identifies initiatives that policy-makers in the Asia Pacific region should duly consider for promoting CSR practices, at both the regional and national levels, and spanning domestic SMEs to large MNEs. The initiatives are diverse in focus and scope, although there is o...
FROM CORP SOC RESPONS CORP SUSTAIN

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Sustainability

Moving the Agenda Forward in Asia and the Pacific

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
16 Jan 2014
This publication looks at recent developments in corporate social responsibility (CSR) with particular attention to the growing role of impact investment and the need for greater convergence of global CSR instruments and provides recommendations to policymakers to enhance the adoption of CSR as a...
FACILITAT AGRIC TRADE ASIA PAC

Facilitating Agricultural Trade in Asia and the Pacific

Studies in Trade and Investment No. 74

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
16 Jan 2014
The Asia-Pacific region is both a major consumer and producer of agricultural products. Its growth in both imports and exports is accelerating, but not to the potential. There is significant opportunity in this region to expand agro-trade especially due to population growth, dietary change of con...
CHALLEN & OPPORT TRADE ASIA&PAC

Challenges and Opportunities for Trade and Financial Integration in Asia and the Pacific

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
20 Feb 2014
This book brings together chapters that explore various aspects of trade and financial integration in Asia and the Pacific, the reasons for the lack of it, and potential benefits of strengthening such integration. The book focuses on the exploration of challenges and opportunities that exist in i...
CLIMATE SMART TRADE & INVEST

Climate-smart Trade and Investment in Asia and the Pacific

Towards a Triple-win Outcome

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
8 Oct 2012
Trade and investment indirectly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions through the energy used in associated production and transportation processes to the extent that energy is generated on the basis of fossil fuels. However, if technologies can be developed and distributed which are clean and c...
TRADE BEYOND DOHA ASIA PAC

Trade beyond Doha

Prospects for the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
20 May 2013
Focusing on the Least Developed Countries located in the Asia-Pacific region, this study explores the impact of different approaches available to the LDCs and their partners in improving their developmental prospects through enhanced trade. It presents trade related data of the 14 LDCs and the li...
ENABLING ENVIRO SUCCESS INTEGRAT

Enabling Environment for the Successful Integration of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Global Value Chains

Country Studies of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
5 Mar 2013
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Asia and are effective job creators and income generators. In addition, SMEs play a key role in poverty reduction and inclusive economic growth. However, SMEs in the subregion often face considerable resource constraints and have limited capabilities t...
INDIA NEW PLAYER IN ASIAN PROD

India: A New Player in Asian Production Networks?

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
15 May 2013
While the IPN phenomenon has accelerated trade and investment linkages between countries in East and South-East Asia, the remainder of the region has not matched those countries in this process. The objective of this study is to explore the reasons for this by using India’s performance in the Asi...
TRADE FACILITATION ASIA & PACIFIC

Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific: An Analysis of Import and Export Processes

A Study by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) and the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT)

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
6 Jun 2013
This book offers a synthesis of the results and implications from a series of business process analyses of procedures involved in importing and exporting goods to and from selected Asian countries. It aims at deepening the understanding of the nature and significance of the procedural bottlenecks...
DEV IMPACT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Development Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
15 Sep 2011
This publication brings together case studies from five different countries in Southeast and East Asia to examine the impact of IT-based trade facilitation measures already implemented, with a specific focus on their effect on small and medium sized-enterprises. The development of IT systems to s...
CREATING BUSINESS & SOCIAL VALUE

Creating Business and Social Value

The Asian Way to Integrate CSR into Business Strategies

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
15 Sep 2011
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is used to describe the voluntary efforts of companies to assume a larger responsibility for the effect of their operations on society. As such, CSR is an important complement to development efforts of governments. Companies in the Asia-Pacific region are bec...
TRADE STATISTICS POLICYMAKING

Trade Statistics In Policymaking

A Handbook of Commonly Used Indices and Indicators – Revised Edition 2009

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
15 Sep 2011
This handbook is a reference in preparation of analysis of already available merchandise trade statistical information for assessment of various trade issues, discussion on negotiating positions and ultimately for conducting consultations. It consists of seven chapters that: 1) cover some basic d...
IMPACT TRADE FACILITAT EXPORT

Impact of Trade Facilitation on Export Competitiveness

A Regional Perspective

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
26 Apr 2010
This study is aimed to identify the major issues Asian developing countries must address to enhance export competitiveness through trade facilitation. The paper is composed of four parts. Part 1 examines the definition and scope of trade facilitation; part 2 presents the concept of export competi...
UNVEILING PROTECTIONISM REGIONAL

Unveiling Protectionism

Regional Responses to Remaining Barriers in the Textiles and Clothing Trade

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
16 Jan 2009
Textile and clothing comprise a unique industry in the global economy and it is the most protected of all manufacturing industries, both in developed and developing countries. This publication is compound by different studies about protectionism in textile and clothing industry. In Part I there a...
ROLE REGIONAL COOPERATION BUSI

Role of Regional Cooperation: Business Sector Development and South-South Investment

Business Sector Development and South-South Investment

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
2 Jun 2008
This publication contains two papers that examine emerging issues in the field of business development among the developing Asia-Pacific countries and suggest some possibilities for regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. The first paper explores a role for regional (and subregional) cooper...
TOWARDS COHERENT POLICY FRAMEWORKS

Towards Coherent Policy Frameworks: Understanding Trade and Investment Linkages

Understanding Trade and Investment Linkages

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
16 Jan 2009
As economic integration continues, the distinction between domestic and international issues becomes more tenuous. Enhancing coordination and coherence among international trade, investment and domestic policies is of increasing importance for developing countries of the Asia-pacific region to co...
FUTURE TRADE RESEARCH AREAS THAT

Future Trade Research Areas that Matter to Developing Country Policymakers

A Regional Perspective on the Doha Development Agenda and Beyond

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
2 Jun 2008
The volume is a collection of papers presented at the Post-Doha Research Agenda for Developing Countries in October 2006 that was aimed to identify important areas for trade policymaking in developing and least developed countries, independently of the actual outcome of the Doha Round. The public...
AGRICULT TRADE PLANTING THE SEEDS

Agricultural Trade: Planting the Seeds of Regional Liberalization in Asia

A Study by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade

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ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
14 Dec 2007
The objectives of the study are to map and analyse existing trade agreements in the region and their product coverage, particularly agricultural products, as well as associated tariff and non-tariff barriers and to derive implications and recommendations and guidelines for trade policy negotiatio...