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  • Report  |   2016

    Trade Facilitation and Development: Driving Trade Competitiveness, Border Agency Effectiveness and Strengthened Governance- Transport and Trade Facilitation Series, No 7

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

    Trade facilitation reforms improve a country’s trade competitiveness and the effectiveness of border agencies. In addition, they can directly help advance development goals such as strengthening governance and formalizing the informal sector. The present study identifies policies to help reap the full development-related benefits from trade...

  • Report  |   2016

    In Search of Cross-border E-commerce Trade Data

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

    This report explores possible sources of data for gauging cross-border e-commerce. Business-to-Business (B2B) e-commerce accounts for the dominant share of global e-commerce and is therefore also likely to be the most important component of cross-border sales online. However, as data on B2B e-commerce are generally scarce, attention is also given...

  • Report  |   2016

    Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific

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

    The Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, a UN treaty deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, aims at accelerating the implementation of digital trade facilitation measures for trade and development. Designed as an inclusive instrument accessible to countries...

  • Report  |   2016

    Africa Regional Integration Index – Report 2016

    Author(s): United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ; African Union ; African Development Bank Group

    Africa’s integration journey towards a more connected, competitive and business-friendly continent is underway and its road map is, in some areas, under construction. Africa’s Regional Integration Index is an action tool measuring the progress of an Africa on the move. The Index is made up of five dimensions, which are the key socioeconomic...

  • Presentation  |   2016

    World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

    Author(s): World Bank Group

    On Monday, February 1, 2016, the  World Bank Group Office in Geneva  and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) co-hosted a presentation of the “ World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends.” The 2016 World Development Report examines how the internet can be a force for development, especially for the poor in...

  • Report  |   2016

    Towards a Sustainable Future- Energy Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

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

    At the sixty-eighth session of the Commission, in 2012, the Bangkok Declaration on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific was endorsed, which promoted a comprehensive view of regional economic cooperation and integration. Energy connectivity, with a specific focus on transboundary interconnection and power trade,...

  • Report  |   2016

    Innovation, Competitiveness and Regional Integration- Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VII

    Author(s): United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

    The seventh edition of Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA VII) examines how the three elements of regional integration, innovation and competitiveness are interlinked. It explores the prospects for harnessing them within the framework of Africa’s normative regional integration development model oriented to foster structural change....

  • Report  |   2016

    Africa Regional Report on Improving Transit Cooperation, Trade and Trade Facilitation for the Benefit of the Landlocked Developing Countries – Current Status and Policy Implications

    Author(s): United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

    This report reviews the status of transit issues in the region under four key thematic areas (i) the legal framework for transit cooperation, (ii) transit infrastructure development, (iii) international trade, trade facilitation, customs and border crossing procedures, and (iv) means of implementation. The report also identifies key successful...

  • Report  |   2016

    Latin America Regional Report on Improving Transit Cooperation, Trade and Trade Facilitation for the Benefit of the Landlocked Developing Countries – Current Status and Policy Implications

    Author(s): United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

    This report reviews the transit cooperation, transport infrastructure and trade facilitation issues facing LLDCs in the Latin America Region. The report identifies key achievements, remaining challenges and policy recommendations to address the transit related issues and challenges for the successful implementation of the Vienna Programme of...

  • Presentation  |   2016

    Interim Report on the Development of Road Safety Infrastructure Facility Design Standard for the Asian Highway Network

    Author(s): Thg Kwong, Julian

    Trade Transport ICT Energy Thg Kwong, Julian Download PDF http://www.unescap.org/resources/day-1-presentations-egm-asian-highway-october-2... road safety Road Design Standards HARMONIZATION speed limits road infrastructure intersections tunnels road network All Presentation United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific...

  • 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  |   2016

    Enhancing ASEAN Connectivity Monitoring and Evaluation

    Author(s): Association of Southeast Asian Nations

    The Report on Enhancing ASEAN Connectivity Monitoring and Evaluation builds on the work on ASEAN Connectivity Implementation Matrix /Scorecard (ACIM), takes stock of the progress and achievements made, draws out the policy implications, and outlines lessons for the future. This Report serves as a useful guide for a more comprehensive monitoring...

  • Report  |   2016

    International Transit Scheme to Improve Trading Environment across the East African Community

    Author(s): Perera, Sujeevan

    By reducing the time and costs of trading, integrated transit mechanisms are important for boosting trade and enhancing competitiveness in landlocked countries. The net impact of reductions in trade costs – including through transit facilitation – on households, firms and governments, can be positive depending on how complementary investments and...

  • Report  |   2016

    Connecting Asia: Infrastructure for Integrating South and Southeast Asia

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank

    This book analyses how closer regional connectivity and economic integration between South Asia and Southeast Asia can benefit both regions, with a focus on the role played by infrastructure and public policies in facilitating this process. Connecting Asia: Infrastructure for Integrating South and Southeast Asia analyses how closer regional...

  • Report  |   2016

    Making Global Value Chains Work for Development

    Author(s): Taglioni, Daria ; Winkler, Deborah Elisabeth

    Economic, technological, and political shifts as well as changing business strategies have driven firms to unbundle production processes and disperse them across countries. Thanks to these changes, developing countries can now increase their participation in global value chains (GVCs) and thus become more competitive in agriculture, manufacturing...

  • Report  |   2016

    ASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017- CONNECTIVITY: Facts and Perspectives (Volume I: Data on Connectivity)

    Author(s): Asia-Europe Foundation

    As connectivity gains in importance at national, regional, inter-regional, and global spheres, it has also emerged as an area for cooperation and collaboration, in particular for Asia and Europe. But how and to what extent are Asia and Europe connected? By what means can Asia-Europe connectivity be sustained and advanced well into the future?...

  • Report  |   2016

    The Impact of China on Europe and Central Asia

    Author(s): Timmer, Hans ; Bussolo, Maurizio ; Gould, David Michael ; Letelier, Raquel Alejandra ; Nguyen, Tu Chi ; Panterov, Georgi Lyudmilov ; Shaw, William ; Ushakova, Ekaterina ; Burns, Andrew ; Izvorski, Ivailo V. ; Pigato, Miria A. ; Sanchez, Carolina

    The economies of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) are facing complex challenges. In the eastern part of the region the task of governments is to orchestrate a coordinated crisis response. The collapse of oil revenues and the associated decline in remittances triggered a chain reaction of shocks. Adjustment to these shocks requires a new monetary...

  • Report  |   2016

    ASEAN-ADB Cooperation Toward the Asean Community: Advancing Integration and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank

    The partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will continue to support greater development and prosperity in Southeast Asia to enhance the lives of the region’s people. For the past 5 decades, ASEAN and ADB have both supported poverty reduction, sustainable development, and...

  • Report  |   2016

    Prioritizing Infrastructure Investment: A Framework for Government Decision Making

    Author(s): Marcelo Gordillo, Darwin ; Mandri-Perrott, Xavier Cledan ; House, Ruth Schuyler ; Schwartz, Jordan Z.

    Governments must decide how to allocate limited resources for infrastructure development, particularly since financing gaps have been projected for the coming decades. Social cost-benefit analysis provides sound project appraisal and, when systematically applied, a basis for prioritization. In some instances, however, capacity and resource...

  • Report  |   2016

    G20/OECD Guidance Note on Diversification of Financial Instruments for Infrastructure and SMEs

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

    This document contains the final version of the G20/OECD Guidance Note on recommended policy steps to diversified financing instruments for infrastructure and SMEs. It was endorsed by the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors at their meeting in Chengdu, China on 23-24 July 2016, and  also by the G20 leaders at the Hangzhou Summit...

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