Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade

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The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) is an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions across the United Nations ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific) region, and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

ARTNeT aims at increasing the amount of quality and relevant trade research in the region by harnessing the research capacity already available and developing additional capabilities. The activities of ARTNeT continue to be focused on three pillars, namely:

•production of demand-driven and home-grown research of the region;

•building of research capacity in the region, particularly that of LDCs; and

•dissemination of knowledge and information to key stakeholders.

Current members include 40 leading national trade research and academic institutions from almost 20 developing countries from East, South, and Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

ARTNeT Establishment and Structure[edit]

The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) was launched in November 2004 with the support of the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which provides both the Secretariat of the network and a direct regional link to trade policymakers and other international organizations.

Since its launch, the Network has attracted 40 member research institutions from the developing countries of the region and has gained some additional partners, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). A number of bilateral donors are also providing financial support to the network. For example, the Government of France and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development have provided support for the ARTNeT Greater Mekong Subregion initiative, and the Government of Macao China funded the MARKHUB project.

ARTNeT Strategy[edit]

To achieve the long-term goal of enabling government policy makers to more effectively formulate trade policies, ARTNeT has adopted a three-pronged strategy.

  • Research

ARTNeT and its members aim to produce high quality research and analysis on trade and investment related issues. Currently the ARTNeT research programme emphasizes the implementation of regional multi-institutions research studies including themes such as:

- Trade, investment, and domestic policy coherence for inclusive growth

- Trade Facilitation (TF) and Development of Related Services Sectors

- Multilateral Trade Liberalization and Regional integration

  • Dissemination

ARTNeT research as well as members’ research is disseminated through various means, including a dedicated website, an online regional database of trade-related publications, a working paper and a policy brief series, a newsletter and other publications. ARTNeT's thematic consultative meetings provide both the research institutions and policy makers with an opportunity to exchange information, and data, share ideas, and review and refine research findings and recommendations.

  • Capacity Building

As many of the countries in the region have yet to evolve trade-related research programmes, ARTNeT strives to build research capacity in the region, particularly in least developed countries. This is done through implementation of regional team-based research studies, research grants to junior researchers from least developed countries, organization of technical training workshops for trade research, and visiting fellowships to academic institutions.

ARTNeT Resources and Tools[edit]

ARTNeT provides access to the following tools and resources through its website:

The ARTNeT database of trade publications gives access to full-text trade-related publications of research institutions and international organizations working in the Asia-Pacific region, including those of ARTNeT members and partners. The database is updated regularly and allows search by trade focus areas, sources, keywords and more.

The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreements Database (APTIAD) gives researchers and policymakers easy access to all the preferential trade agreements entered into by the countries of the Asia and Pacific region and enables them to calculate some of the most commonly used indicators (e.g. export/import value, export/import growth, export/import share, trade share, trade intensity) by country or region, product and year.

This initiative is designed to more closely integrate the research capacity building and research programme implementation objectives and activities of ARTNeT. It includes regional technical research workshops, support for research studies to apply techniques learned, development of related research facilitation tools, and support for dissemination of policy relevant results.

The Trade and Investment Division, in support to the ARTNeT research programme on trade facilitation, has developed a bilateral trade cost database in an effort to increase understanding of the cost of trading between countries in Asia and the Pacific and beyond. The trade cost measure is a comprehensive all-inclusive measure based on micro-theory and calculated using macro-economic data, providing an alternative measure of trade facilitation performance.

ARTNeT Alerts provide a channel for policymakers and other stakeholders to alert the trade and investment research community to emerging policy challenges.

ARTNeT Knowledge Platforms[edit]


ARTNeT Aid for Trade is designed to provide conceptual understanding of what is the importance of aid towards trade and development. The platform aims at disseminating comprehensive information on stakeholders It is expected that this platform also contribute towards supporting greater regional cooperation and coordinating among the actors of Aid for Trade in Asia and Pacific. The platform provides access to over 2500 full text working papers, reports and other materials available in the ARTNeT Publication Search Database


ARTNeT CENSUS is a knowledge sharing initiative in the area of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).It is designed to bring together regional stakeholders to build support to policymaking necessary for growth of the innovation economy by offering the Asia-Pacific region.CENSUS will also provide a unique platform for enabling research and related output dissemination. It includes a searchable database of individuals be they policy makers, academics or intellectual property lawyers from within and outside the region with the interests in IPRs.

ARTNeT Services Trade logo

ARTNeT Services Trade and regulation platform provides enhanced access to resources relating to trade and regulation in services, including links to trainings and publications, as well as to databases of statistics and regulations of relevance to services. There is also an on-line registration for experts in these areas.


ARTNeT GMS initiative aims to provide enhanced complementary support to research institutions from the subregion to conduct joint trade-related research on issues of interest to policymakers. The initiative includes a capacity-building component involving researchers and research institutions in GMS countries, as well as a research programme component in line with priority areas identified through ARTNeT consultations and relevant government focal points. It provides up-to-date figures on development gaps between member states in ASEAN.

ARTNeT Publications[edit]

ARTNeT presents materials from ARTNeT research programmes and/or individual research programmes of members in the form of ARTNeT policy briefs, working paper, newsletters, books, books reviews, and other publications all of which are available for viewing and downloading free of charge on its website.

Recent topics have included:

ARTNeT events and training[edit]

ARTNeT organizes conference/workshops/policy to provide an opportunity for researchers to showcase their work and to get input and feedback from prominent trade experts and policy makers from around the world. The dissemination events help to address issues which are of particular relevance in one country, while drawing from studies and lessons from other countries to reach policy conclusions.

ARTNeT Members[edit]

Country Institute Website
Bangladesh 1. Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
Bangladesh 2. Bangladesh Tariff Commission
Bangladesh 3. Centre for Policy Dialogue
Bangladesh 4. The Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh
Bangladesh 5. Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI)
Cambodia 6. Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Cambodia*
China 7. China Europe International Business School
China 8. Chinese Academy for International Trade and Economic Cooperation
China 9. School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics
China 10. Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade
Fiji 11. University of South Pacific, Fiji (Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance
Hong Kong 12. Hong Kong Institute of Economics & Finance, Hong Kong University
India 13. Center for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
India 14. Department of Economics, Jadavpur University
India 15. Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
India 16. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
India 17. Research and Information System for Developing Countries
India 18. The Energy and Resources Institute
Indonesia 19. Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia*
Indonesia 20. Centre for World Trade Studies Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta (CwtsPspd)
Indonesia 21. Economics Department, and Business and Management Graduate School, Bogor Agricultural University
Indonesia 22. Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies, Faculty of Economics, Trisakti University
Korea 23. Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
Lao PDR 24. Economic Research Institute for Trade, Lao PDR
Malaysia 25. Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Malaysia
Malaysia 26. The Department of Economics, International Islamic University
Nepal 27. Institute for Policy Research and Development
Nepal 28. Development Policy Research (IDPR)
Pakistan 29. Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
Pakistan 30. Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development, Pakistan
Philippines 31. Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation
Philippines 32. Centre for Business and Economics Research and Development, De La Salle University, Philippines
Philippines 33. Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Sri Lanka 34. Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka 35. Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka
Thailand 36. Centre for International Economics and Development Studies
Thailand 37. Thailand Development Research Institute
Thailand 38. The Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
Viet Nam 39. Centre for Analysis and Forecasting, Viet Nam
Viet Nam 40. Foreign Trade University

ARTNeT Associate Partners[edit]

Institute Website
1. Asian Development Bank Institute
2. Centre for Agribusiness Policy & Strategy, Massey University
3. CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment
4. Economics Department, Auckland University of Technology
5. Food and Agriculture Organization
6. Griffith University (GBS Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics)
7. Institute for International Trade
8. International Institute for Trade and Development
9. National university of Lao
10. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
11. School of Economics, University of Adelaide
12. South Asian Network of Economic Modelers
13. The Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore(ISAS-NUS)
14. The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Regional Economic Studies Program, Singapore
15. United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies
16. The Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
17. The University of Wollongong, Australia
18. The Mekong Institute, GMS Inter-Governmental Organization, Thailand


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