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  • Report  |   2015

    Introduction: Borders, Informality, International Trade and Customs

    Author(s): Cantens, Thomas ; Ireland, Robert ; Raballand, Gael

    This special issue deals with the “informal” cross-border trade in goods. Trading goods is an original human activity that precedes borders (Renfrew 1969). With the rise of nation-stateswith demarcated political boundaries, trade that crosses borders became regulated by government institutions such as Customs, with tariffs, quotas, or outright...

  • Report  |   2015

    Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project

    Author(s): Sinha, Sidharth

    This case study prepared by the Indian Institute of Management presents Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Hydroelectric project, which includes the development, construction, and operation of a 1,070 MW power plant. Nam Theun 2 is a cross-border Independent Power Producer (IPP) project following a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) structure between Thailand and...

  • Report  |   2014

    Closing the Distance: Partnerships for Sustainable and Resilient Transport Systems in Small Island Developing States

    Author(s): UNCTAD Trade Logistics Branch

    The report, intended as one of UNCTAD contribution to the Samoa Conference and, more generally, to the broader sustainable development agenda of SIDS, provide information about the maritime transport situation in SIDS and underscores the strategic importance of this economic sector for SIDS economies and communities. This report provides an...

  • Report  |   2014

    Maritime Piracy (Part I): An Overview of Trends, Costs and Trade-related Implications- Studies in Transport Law and Policy – 2014 (No.1)

    Author(s): Asariotis, Regina ; Benamara, Hassiba ; Premti, Anila ; Lavelle, Jennifer

    Piracy threatens the safety of navigation, and has broader implications for transport and trade across interconnected supply chains, as well as for energy and food security. Above all, piracy is associated with considerable human costs, as seafarers are the first to be affected by piracy attacks. Piracy disrupts transport and trade flows, as well...

  • Report  |   2014

    Maritime Piracy (Part II): An Overview of the International Legal Framework and of Multilateral Cooperaton to Combat Piracy- Studies in Transport Law and Policy – 2014 (No.2)

    Author(s): Asariotis, Regina ; Benamara, Hassiba ; Premti, Anila ; Lavelle, Jennifer

    The report provides a detailed overview of regulatory and other initiatives pursued by the international community in an effort to combat piracy. The importance of strengthened cooperation at all levels- not only in respect of maritime security measures, but also in terms of information sharing, effective prosecution of pirates and of the...

  • Report  |   2015

    Trade in ICT Goods and the 2015 Expansion of the WTO Information Technology Agreement

    Author(s): United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    The WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was extended in July 2015 with the goal of expanding the number of products that will enjoy duty free treatment when imported into economies that are members of the agreement. This note provides a first comparison of trade in ICT goods as defined by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development...

  • Report  |   2015

    The ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020

    Author(s): Association of Southeast Asian Nations

    The vision for the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020 is to propel ASEAN towards a digitally-enabled economy that is secure, sustainable, and transformative; and to enable an innovative, inclusive and integrated ASEAN Community. ICT Association of Southeast Asian Nations Download PDF http://asean.org/asean-economic-community/asean-telecommunications-and-...

  • Report  |   2015

    ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015 Completion Report

    Author(s): Association of Southeast Asian Nations

    ICT Association of Southeast Asian Nations Download PDF http://asean.org/asean-economic-community/asean-telecommunications-and-it-ministers-meeting-telmin/other-documents/ ASEAN Connectivity integration ICT Digital divide Physical connectivity Institutional connectivity People-to-people connectivity broadband Submarine cable e-commerce public-...

  • Report  |   2015

    Facilitating the Participation of Landlocked Developing Countries in Commodity Value Chains

    Author(s): United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face multiple trade and development challenges. In addition to their geographical predicaments and remoteness from international markets, most of these countries are commodity dependent. Primary commodities accounted for more than half of the exports of 27 out of 32 LLDCs in 2011–2013, and resource-based...

  • Report  |   2015

    Port Hinterland Connectivity

    Author(s): Merk, Olaf ; Notteboom, Theo

    The competitiveness of a seaport depends on the extent the cargo handled in the port can reach its hinterland destination (e.g. Acciaro & McKinnon, 2013). The importance of hinterland connections has been recognised as one of the most critical issues in port competitiveness and development in most ports around the world. Upgrading of...

  • Report  |   2015

    Overcoming Barriers to International Investment in Clean Energy

    Author(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    The perceived potential of clean energy to support employment in the post-crisis recovery context has led several OECD and emerging economies to design green industrial policies aimed at protecting domestic manufacturers, notably through local-content requirements (LCRs). These typically require solar or wind developers to source a specific share...

  • Report  |   2015

    Towards a Framework for the Governance and Delivery of Infrastructure

    Author(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    In response to discussions on the need for further study on how to think about infrastructure governance and modality choice at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Senior PPP Officials in Paris on 17-18 February 2014, this paper sets out a draft framework for the public governance and delivery of infrastructure. The ambition is to harness OECD countries’...

  • Report  |   2015

    Allocating Risks in Public-Private Partnership Contracts

    Author(s): Global Infrastructure Hub

    The objective of this Report is to provide additional guidance to countries, including both members and non-members of the G20, that wish to develop a programme of PPP transactions. The primary focus is on those countries with limited or no prior experience of PPPs, and the desired outcome of the Report is that those countries will have a useful...

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