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  • Report  |   2017

    North and Central Asia as A Transit Hub: Potential, Challenges and the Way Forward

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

    This report identifies and proposes policy reforms in four priority areas, namely (i) dismantling non-tariff barriers and accelerated trade and investment facilitation for enhanced global competitiveness; (ii) expanded infrastructure connectivity in transport, energy, ICT and networks, particularly through the development of southern corridors,...

  • Report  |   2017

    Towards Region-Wide Seamless Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

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

    Seamless connectivity aims to facilitate the movement of people, goods, energy and information through investments and improvements in hard and soft infrastructure. The present document includes a discussion on the current state of transport, energy and information and communication infrastructure, including regional and subregional connectivity...

  • 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...

  • Presentation  |   2017

    Enhancing Synergy Among Cross-Sectoral Infrastructure

    Author(s): Ogawa, Hiroaki

    North and Central Asia continues to remain the least integrated subregion in Asia and the Pacific. Intraregional merchandise export within North and Central Asia accounted for 7.9% of its total export in 2015, which is significantly lower than in other subregions: 34.6% in East and North-East Asia and 24.4% in South-East Asia. The lack of...

  • Report  |   2017

    Enhancing Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific

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

    With a combined GDP of US$27 trillion that is growing rapidly, Asia and the Pacific is well on its way to becoming the most important market in the world, opening possibilities for further expansion of trade and investment within the region. This could contribute to job creation, poverty reduction and the boosting of economic growth throughout...

  • Report  |   2018

    Asia-Pacific Progress in Sustainable Energy: A Global Tracking Framework 2017 Regional Assessment Report

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

    Asia-Pacific Progress in Sustainable Energy report is developed by ESCAP in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank. It offers an evidence-based look at progress at the regional and country levels, providing an overview of long-term trends since 1990, and focuses on progress achieved in the most recent period, 2012–2014. Furthermore, in the...

  • Report  |   2017

    A Study of ICT Connectivity for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Enhancing the Collaboration in China-Central Asia Corridor

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

    The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was initially introduced in 2013 in order to enhance connectivity and collaboration among 60 countries and beyond in Asia, Africa and Europe. According to BRI, the Belt refers to Silk Road Economic Belt which is the land routes among these countries, whereas the Road refers to the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road...

  • Report  |   2017

    Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation in ASEAN

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

    Reducing trade costs is essential for developing economies to effectively use trade as an engine of growth and sustainable development. As a result, trade facilitation and the digitalization of trade procedures have taken increasing importance as evidenced by the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), as well as the growing number of regional...

  • Report  |   2018

    Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation in APEC Economies

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

    Reducing trade costs is essential for economies to effectively use trade as an engine of growth and sustainable development. Trade facilitation plays a pivotal role in reducing trade costs, on top of existing efforts to dismantle tariff and non-tariff barriers and enhance physical connectivity. In the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2017...

  • Report  |   2017

    Effect of Open International Gateways on the Broadband Connectivity Market

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

    Information and communications technology (ICT) has been the driving force behind game-changing innovations and socioeconomic transformations, which are shaping our economy and society at multiple levels. New technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence, have been transforming the manufacturing and service sectors, and have ushered...

  • Report  |   2017

    Unlocking the Potential for East and North-East Asian Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration

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

    Amid the continuing uncertainty in the global trade, widening social disparities, and increasing environmental concerns, the forthcoming publication entitled "Unlocking the Potential for East and North-East Asia Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration" aims to lay the groundwork for building bridges between East and North-East...

  • Presentation  |   2017

    Enhancing Regional Integration of Landlocked Developing Countries in North and Central Asia Through Infrastructure Connectivity

    Author(s): Chong, Edouard

    North and Central Asia continues to remain the least integrated subregion in Asia and the Pacific. Intraregional merchandise export within North and Central Asia accounted for 7.9% of its total export in 2015, which is significantly lower than in other subregions: 34.6% in East and North-East Asia and 24.4% in South-East Asia. The lack of...

  • 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...

  • 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  |   2016

    Promoting Regional Energy Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

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

    At its seventieth session, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific endorsed the Bangkok Declaration on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific, which promotes a comprehensive view of regional economic cooperation and integration. Energy connectivity, with its specific focus on transboundary...

  • Report  |   2017

    Removing Obstacles to Greater Market Integration in Asia and the Pacific

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

    This document contains a discussion of trends towards market integration in the Asia-Pacific region, an analysis of driving factors and possible obstacles, and policy recommendations for addressing those obstacles. The need to further liberalize and facilitate intraregional trade for both goods and services, the importance of foreign direct...

  • Report  |   2014

    Harnessing Cross-Sectoral Infrastructure Synergies

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

    This paper examines harnessing cross-sectoral infrastructure synergies for the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Fourth session, held in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 to 16 October 2014. The present document has been prepared for the consideration of the Committee on Transport and the Committee on Information and Communications...

  • Report  |   2017

    Comprehensive Planning of Eurasian Transport Corridors to Strengthen the Intra- and Inter-regional Transport Connectivity

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

    Despite the progress achieved in Asia and the Pacific in terms of development of road and railway infrastructure, land transport is still underutilized for inter-regional connectivity between Asia and Europe, as land transport routes are heavily impeded by missing and substandard links in the infrastructure networks, as well as by complex and non...

  • Policy Brief  |   2017

    Public-Private Partnerships for Cross-Border Infrastructure Development

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

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

  • Policy Brief  |   2010

    MPDD Working Paper on Economic Cooperation and Connectivity in the Asia-Pacific Region

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

    The region needs to invest in an efficient system of regional infrastructure for a seamless Asia to emerge. This will provide the foundation for Asian common markets and facilitate the creation of an eventual pan-Asian community. None of this will be easy, but it will have to be done by building institutions, harmonizing policies and regulations...

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