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  • Report  |   2015

    Digital Economy Study in Central and West Asia: Unleashing the Potential of the Internet in Central Asia, South Asia, the Caucasus and Beyond

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC)

    This report assessed the status of subregional Internet ecosystems and the level of progress toward achieving a digital economy (in which the Internet is the underlying driver of all sectors across an economy) and identified key elements to transition from a basic Internet economy to a thriving digital economy and society. ICT Asian Development...

  • Report  |   2015

    Review of Developments in Transport in Asia and the Pacific 2015

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    This latest biennial Review sets out transport developments in the Asia-Pacific region and serves as a mechanism for reporting on the provision of transport infrastructure and services; the challenges remaining in regional, urban and rural connectivity; and public health issues, such as road safety and emission pollutions. The Review finds that...

  • 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

    Secretariat Discussion Paper for the Open-Ended Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    This is the Secretariat discussion paper for the open-ended Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway of the First meeting of the Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway held in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 1-2 September 2015. ICT United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Download...

  • Presentation  |   2015

    Presentation on UN ESCAP – ISOC Study, Unleashing the Potential of the Internet in Central Asia and Beyond

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    ICT United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Download PDF http://www.unescap.org/resources/presentation-un-escap-%E2%80%93-isoc-study-unleashing-potential-internet-central-asia-and-beyon Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway AP-IS Internet access International connectivity digital connectivity Internet penetration...

  • 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  |   2018

    Broadband Connectivity in Pacific Island Countries

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    'Broadband Connectivity in the Pacific Island Countries’ is a Working Paper contributing to the policy dialogue on the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative. The Working paper examined recent developments on broadband connectivity in the Pacific island countries. In particular, the Working Paper identified...

  • Report  |   2015

    The Role of the Energy Charter Treaty in Fostering Regional Electricity Market Integration: Lessons Learnt from the EU and Implications for Northeast Asia

    Author(s): Bonafé, Ernesto ; Vanhay, Aurore

    This study has been prepared by the Energy Charter Secretariat to evaluate the role of the Energy Charter Treaty in fostering regional electricity market integration, to draw lessons learnt from the liberalisation of the EU energy market and assess relevant implications for Northeast Asia. The study was funded by Korea Energy Economics Institute...

  • Presentation  |   2018

    Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern & Central Asia

    Author(s): Gupta, Anil K.

    Connectivity has a vital role to play in unlocking full trade and economic potential of countries of the Southern and Central Asian subregions. With the aim of assisting Southern Asian countries to fully utilize the possibilities of AH and TAR corridors, to connect markets internally as well as with those of Europe, Central Asia and South-East...

  • Report  |   2018

    Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

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

    The Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development notes that change is becoming exponential thanks to the power of digital platforms and innovative combinations of different technologies that become possible every day. This opens exciting possibilities for the democratization of frontier...

  • Book  |   August 2018

    Enhancing Connectivity through Transport Infrastructure: The Role of Official Development Finance and Private Investment

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

    Cross-border or long-distance roads and railways as well as international ports and airports are needed to move products and people around in a globalised world. The OECD recently published a report, "Enhancing Connectivity Transport Infrastructure: The Role of Official Development Finance and Private Investment", which takes stock of...

  • Working / Technical Paper  |   May 2018

    MPFD Working Paper on Public-Private Partnership for Cross-border Infrastructure Development

    Author(s): Verougstraete, Mathieu

    Cross-border infrastructure networks are critical for improving regional connectivity, their financing has however been challenging. This paper examines whether Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) may contribute to their development and reviews experience with this type of financing arrangements in the energy, transport and telecommunication...

  • Report  |   2018

    Co-deployment of Optical Fibre Cables Along the Asian Highways and Trans-Asian Railways for E-resilience: The Cases of India and Bangladesh

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    How to develop ICT infrastructure, in particular fibre-optic cables, in a cost-efficient manner is a perennial challenge ICT policy- and decision-makers face across the globe. The high costs associated with construction and maintenance of fibre-optic cables are often passed onto users, which has led to unaffordable Internet and broadband services...

  • Report  |   2018

    Digital Trade and Market Openness

    Author(s): González, Javier López ; Ferencz, Janos

    This paper aims to provide policy makers with a broad overview of the issues that the digital transformation raises for trade with a view to informing how these might be reflected in trade policy design. It discusses how digitalisation has changed international trade and provides estimates of the impact of increased digital connectivity on trade...

  • Report  |   2018

    Consumer Protection Enforcement in A Global Digital Marketplace

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

    This report examines information on consumer protection enforcement authorities of OECD member and non-member countries, especially on the ability of these authorities to co-operate across borders. It is based on questionnaire responses from 31 countries, supplemented by additional research. It has been prepared to support a review of the 2003...

  • Report  |   2018

    Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Framework for Caribbean Coastal Transport Infrastructure

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

    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are heavily dependent on coastal transport infrastructure—including ports, airports, and their access roads—for economic activity. That same coastal transport infrastructure is often highly vulnerable to impacts of climate variability and change, including hurricanes, sea level rise, increased temperatures,...

  • Report  |   2018

    Port Industry Survey on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

    Author(s): Asariotis, Regina ; Benamara, Hassiba ; Mohos-Naray, Viktoria

    Given the concentration of populations, assets and services associated with ports, the size and value of built infrastructure, and the key role of ports as part of the network of international supply-chains, responding effectively to the impacts of climate change on ports and their land-based access points is of strategic economic importance....

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