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  • Report  |   2018

    Sustainable Freight Transport in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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

    The fifth session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation considered the linkages between trade logistics and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and discussed how best to leverage the sustainable freight transport dividend to enable effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the...

  • 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

    East African Community Regional Integration: Trade and Gender Implications

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

    This report aims to analyse the impact of EAC regional integration on women’s well-being, with a focus on women’s employment. Both descriptive and quantitative analyses are used to this end. Chapter 1 introduces the background on the country and gender profiles. The country profiles section presents the major changes in the economic and social...

  • 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...

  • Report  |   2018

    Rethinking Maritime Cabotage for Improved Connectivity

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

    Connectivity is about possibilities for people, companies and countries to connect with each other. In the trade sphere, physical connectivity enables the delivery of goods and services to local, regional and global markets. Maritime transport connectivity determines the extent to which countries, markets, suppliers, buyers, importers, exporters...

  • 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....

  • Book  |   September 2018

    Critical Connections: Promoting Economic Growth and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia

    Author(s): Gould, David Michael

    Critical Connections examines how trade, investment, migration, and other linkages among countries drive economic growth in the Europe and Central Asia region. The study breaks new ground by using a multidimensional approach that recognizes how each connectivity channel for growth is likely to be affected by the strength of other channels. This...

  • Report  |   2018

    Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2018

    Author(s): Agility Global Integrated Logistics and Transport Intelligence

    The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index has three main components. First is the Index country rankings: a look at the composite scores of the 50 Index emerging markets based on a combination of their market size and growth prospects, market compatibility or overall business climate, and market connectedness or transport infrastructure and...

  • 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  |   2018

    Energy Transition Pathways for the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific: Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development 2018

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

    The Asia-Pacific region’s rapid and sustained economic growth, increasing population, and rapid urbanization are driving growth in energy demand. Ensuring that supplies of energy are adequate to meet this growth in ways that are socially, economically and environmentally responsible creates a new set of challenges for policymakers. The transition...

  • Report  |   2018

    Single Window for Trade Facilitation: Regional Best Practices and Future Development

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

    Single Window (SW) generally refers to an electronic facility that allows parties involved in international trade and transport to submit all information needed to fulfil trade-related regulatory requirements at once and at a single-entry point. This digital trade facilitation measure aims at reducing the regulatory burden for traders when...

  • Policy Brief  |   2018

    Building Complementarity and Resilience in ASEAN amid Global Trade Uncertainty

    Author(s): Villafuerte, James P. ; Khan, Fahad ; Tayag, Mara Claire ; Ng, Thiam Hee ; Jeong, Kwang Jo ; Zara, Dulce

    This brief explores how greater regional cooperation and integration within the ASEAN Economic Community can guard against the effects of global trade uncertainty. Growing bilateral trade tensions between the United States (US) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are a concern for members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN...

  • Report  |   2018

    Review of Configuration of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank

    This review recommends possible extension and/or realignment of economic corridors to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in advancing economic integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The economic corridor approach was adopted by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in 1998 to help accelerate subregional development. The...

  • 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

    Unlocking India's Logistics Potential: The Value of Disaggregated Macroscopic Freight Flow Analysis

    Author(s): Aritua, Bernard ; Havenga, Jan ; Simpson, Zane Paul ; Chiew, Esther Woon Lyn

    India is one of the fastest growing major economies. However, at 14 percent of gross domestic product, its logistics costs are high relative to the 8 to 10 percent that is typical of most advanced economies. High logistics costs and poor logistics performance impact the competitiveness of the economy on multiple levels: (1) firms deliver less...

  • 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

    ASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017- CONNECTIVITY: Facts and Perspectives (Volume II: Connecting Asia and Europe)

    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  |   2018

    Updating and Enhancement of the BIMSTEC Transport Infrastructure and Logistics Study

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank

    BIMSTEC aims to create an environment for rapid economic development through identification and implementation of specific cooperation projects in infrastructure and transportation. The core functions of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)—to promote free trade and increase cross-border...

  • Report  |   January 2018

    Financing Infrastructure in Asia: Capturing Impacts and New Sources

    Author(s): Yoshino, Naoyuki ; Helble, Matthias ; Abidhadjaev, Umid

    This book presents several country studies and explains how infrastructure investment can increase output, taxes, trade, and firm productivity. Governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region recognize the catalyzing role of infrastructure investment for sustainable growth. Yet, they are faced with the problem of financing new infrastructure. This...

  • Report  |   2018

    Assessing the Effectiveness of Environmental Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements- An Empirical Analysis

    Author(s): Martínez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada

    This report aims to test whether the inclusion of environmental provisions in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) has contributed to the improvement of environmental quality among the Parties to these agreements through empirical modelling and analysis. Three indicators are considered as a proxy for environmental quality: concentrations of suspended...


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