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  • Report  |   2014

    Bridging Transport, ICT and Energy Infrastructure Gaps for Seamless Regional Connectivity

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

    Bridging Transport, ICT and Energy Infrastructure Gaps for Seamless Regional Connectivity, is a contribution by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to deliberations at the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) in Vienna, Austria, from 3 to 5 November 2014. It...

  • Report  |   2014

    Improving Connectivity in SPECA Subregion: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

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

    Improving connectivity between Afghanistan and Central Asia was the focus of discussions at the 2014 Economic Forum of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) held in Ashgabat on 4 December 2014 in the light of the Afghan chairmanship of SPECA during 2014 and the beginning of Afghanistan’s Transformation...

  • Report  |   2014

    Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity

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

    Connectivity is a cornerstone of regional economic cooperation and integration – and has become a major priority for the countries of Asia and the Pacific, especially in the context of efforts to find new drivers of regional economic growth, and to create additional domestic and aggregate regional demand. To best unlock the potential of ever-more...

  • Report  |   2014

    ICTs for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa

    Author(s): Souter, David ; Adam, Lishan ; Jagun, Abiodun ; Tusubira, Tusu

    Trade is critically important to Africa's economic prospects, as a source of revenue, investment and employment, yet Africa's trade is highly fragmented and the weakness of its trade performance constrains growth and poverty reduction. Africa today generates only about 2.5-3.5 per cent of world trade. African countries mostly export...

  • Report  |   2014

    An In-Depth Study of Broadband Infrastructure in North and Central Asia

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

    The analysis revealed that the region is greatly reliant upon trans‐border terrestrial fiber optic connectivity, which places it at a distinct competitive disadvantage relative to coastal markets, which benefit from submarine fiber optic cable systems offering higher capacity, greater cost effectiveness, and more extensive reach than the region’s...

  • Report  |   2014

    Broadband Networks in the Middle East and North Africa: Accelerating High-Speed Internet Access

    Author(s): Gelvanovska, Natalija ; Rogy, Michel ; Rossotto, Carlo Maria

    Just as the steam engine was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, broadband Internet is today seen as critical to the transition to knowledge-intensive economies across the world. As a general purpose technology, broadband Internet is considered as a fundamental driver of economic growth and social development, releasing the...

  • Report  |   2014

    Improving Trade and Transport for Landlocked Developing Countries: A Ten-Year Review

    Author(s): Dairabayeva, Karlygash Serikovna

    Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) are completely dependent on their transit neighbors' infrastructure and administrative procedures to transport their goods to port. This publication provides a comprehensive ten-year review in order to assess the progress made in improving access of LLDCs to global markets, identify the remaining...

  • Report  |   2014

    Trade and Transport Corridor Management Toolkit

    Author(s): Carruthers, Robin ; Kunaka, Charles

    A trade and transport corridor is a coordinated bundle of transport and logistics infrastructure and services that facilitates trade and transport flows between major centers of economic activity. Providing a comprehensive guide to tools and techniques for corridor projects is important, as the volume of such projects is likely to increase....

  • Report  |   2014

    Reviving Trade Routes: Evidence from the Maputo Corridor

    Author(s): Sequeira, Sandra ; Hartmann, Olivier ; Kunaka, Charles

    This report draws on the successes and failures of the Maputo Corridor in Africa, and informs readers on the challenges of private sector participation in the corridor transport systems and the associated policy reforms required to improve corridor efficiency. Trade Transport Sequeira, Sandra; Hartmann, Olivier; Kunaka, Charles Download PDF World...

  • Report  |   2014

    Connectivity for Caribbean Countries: An Initial Assessment

    Author(s): Briceno-Garmendia, Cecilia ; Bofinger, Heinrich C. ; Cubas, Diana ; Millan-Placci, Maria Florencia

    Their vital relation with the Caribbean Sea is a defining factor for the many cultures, languages and countries that co-exist in the Caribbean. This factor acts as both the most important vehicle and as their most challenging obstacle to connect with the world, and represents the starting point for every single discussion around Caribbean states...

  • Report  |   2014

    The Eurasian Connection: Supply-Chain Efficiency along the Modern Silk Route through Central Asia

    Author(s): Rastogi, Cordula ; Arvis, Jean-Francois

    Central Asia is often associated with the silk route or road, the longest overland trade route connecting China to Europe and one of the oldest in history. Growth opportunities and the future prosperity of the region are highly dependent upon the efficiency of its internal and external supply-chain connections, which is the focus of this report....

  • Report  |   2014

    A Review of International Legal Instruments: Facilitation of Transport and Trade in Africa, Second Edition

    Author(s): de Matons, Jean Grosdidier

    This is the second edition of the 2003 paper entitled "Facilitation of transport and trade in Sub-Saharan Africa: a review of international legal instruments — Treaties, conventions, protocols, decisions, directives.", developed as part of the SSATP program. Three major reasons motivated this update and an expansion of its scope. First...

  • Report  |   2014

    Valuing Services in Trade: A Toolkit for Competitiveness Diagnostics

    Author(s): Hollweg, Claire Honore ; Van Der Marel, Erik Leendert ; Sáez, Juan Sebastián ; Taglioni, Daria ; Zavacka, Veronika

    The Service Trade Competitiveness Diagnostic (STDC) Toolkit is part of a larger agenda of trade competitiveness work developed by the World Bank's International Trade Unit in recent years. Services are a key input in countries' trade competitiveness, as well as a new source of trade diversification, making it critical to understand what...

  • Report  |   2014

    Improving Behavior at Borders to Promote Trade Formalization: the Charter for Cross-Border Traders

    Author(s): Brenton, Paul ; Dihel, Nora ; Hoppe, Mombert ; Soprano, Carmine

    Informal trade supports the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of households in Africa, reaches markets and clients that are underserved by formal channels, and contributes to regional food security. Despite numerous benefits, conducting cross-border transactions remains expensive for small traders in Africa. For example, small traders in Malawi...

  • Presentation  |   2014

    Practice on TRS Software

    Author(s): Katsu, Shigeaki

    The Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM) National Training Workshop for Bangladesh included participants from the National Board of Revenue, Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Commerce and other relevant agencies. It provided detailed training in the integrated methodologies of (i) business process analysis (BPA), (ii...

  • Report  |   2014

    Implementing a Framework for Managing Fiscal Commitments from PPPs

    Author(s): Shendy, Riham M. E.

    Understanding the impact of fiscal commitments from infrastructure projects is essential to responsible long-term infrastructure planning. This World Bank Group note presents practical guidance to developing country governments on how to implement a framework for managing fiscal commitments from Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). Drawing on...

  • Report  |   2014

    Build-Operate-Transfer Concession for the Queen Alia Airport in Jordan

    Author(s): World Bank Group

    This webpage provides an example of a transaction in which multilateral development banks played a role in facilitating Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). It also demonstrates the value of private sector capital in infrastructure financing and the complexity of implementation. In the case of Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), the...

  • Report  |   2014

    Core Network Corridors Progress Report of the European Coordinators

    Author(s): European Commission

    Discussing the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) core network corridors, this report provides an update on their progress through 2014. Trade Transport European Commission Download PDF https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/ten-t-guidelines_en All Report European Commission 2014-01-01 00:00:00 V2P2P Regional Connectivity

  • Report  |   2014

    Operationalizing Economic Corridors in Central Asia- A Case Study of the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank

    Providing a detailed analysis of the CAREC Corridor 1 — the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor — this report assesses the corridor's potential as a pilot for economic corridor development in Central Asia, and outlines steps to be taken for further development. Trade Transport Asian Development Bank Download PDF https://think-asia.org/handle/11540/2249...

  • Report  |   2014

    Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Case Studies of APEC Member Economies

    Author(s): Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

    This collection of 55 PPP case studies — provided by contributing APEC member economies, as well as international financial institutions — covers infrastructure PPP projects in the transport, energy, water supply and wastewater treatment, and service sectors of 18 APEC member economies (Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea,...

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