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 Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) region, and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Agence française de développement (AFD).

The 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 least developed countries (LDCs); and

• dissemination of knowledge and information to key stakeholders.

Current members include 62 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 policymakers 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 policymakers with an opportunity to exchange information and data, share ideas, 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 policy-making 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 policymakers, academics or intellectual property lawyers from within and outside the region with the interests in IPRs.

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 policymakers 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
1 Australia Griffith University (GBS Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics)
2 Australia Institute for International Trade
3 Australia School of Economics, University of Adelaide
4 Australia The University of Wollongong, Australia
5 Bangladesh Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
6 Bangladesh Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI)
7 Bangladesh Bangladesh Tariff Commission
8 Bangladesh Centre for Policy Dialogue
9 Bangladesh South Asian Network of Economic Modelers (SANEM)
10 Bangladesh The Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI)
11 Cambodia Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Cambodia
12 China China Europe International Business School
13 China Chinese Academy for International Trade and Economic Cooperation
14 China School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics
15 China Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade
16 China The Institute for Applied International Trade (IAIT)
17 Fiji University of South Pacific, Fiji (Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance
18 Hong Kong Hong Kong Institute of Economics & Finance, Hong Kong University
19 India Center for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
20 India Department of Economics, Jadavpur University
21 India Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
22 India Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
23 India Research and Information System for Developing Countries
24 India The Energy and Resources Institute
25 Indonesia Centre for Strategic and International Studies
26 Indonesia Centre for World Trade Studies Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta (CwtsPspd)
27 Indonesia Economics Department, and Business and Management Graduate School, Bogor Agricultural University
28 Indonesia Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies, Faculty of Economics, Trisakti University
29 Indonesia Center for International Trade and Investment
30 Iran Center of Excellence for International Economics of the University of Isfahan (CEIEUI)
31 Kyrgyzstan Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic
32 Lao PDR Economic Research Institute for Trade
33 Lao PDR National University of Lao
34 Malaysia Institute of Malaysian and International Studies
35 Malaysia The Department of Economics, International Islamic University
36 Mongolia Mongolian Development Strategy Institute (MDSI)
37 Mongolia International Think Tank for LLDCs
38 Nepal Institute for Policy Research and Development
39 Nepal Development Policy Research (IDPR)
40 Nepal South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment
41 New Zealand Centre for Agribusiness Policy & Strategy (CAPS), Massey University
42 New Zealand Economics Department, Auckland University of Technology
43 Pakistan Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
44 Pakistan Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development
45 Pakistan Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SPDI)
46 Philippines Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation
47 Philippines Centre for Business and Economics Research and Development, De La Salle University, Philippines
48 Philippines Philippine Institute for Development Studies
49 Republic of Korea Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Republic of Korea
50 Russia The Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS)
51 Singapore The Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (ISAS-NUS)
52 Singapore The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Regional Economic Studies Program, Singapore
53 Sri Lanka Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
54 Sri Lanka Institute of Policy Studies
55 Thailand Centre for International Economics and Development Studies
56 Thailand Thailand Development Research Institute
57 Thailand The Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
58 Thailand International Institute for Trade and Development
59 Thailand The Mekong Institute, GMS Inter-Governmental Organization based in Khon Kaen, Thailand
60 Thailand Thammasat Institute for Study of International Cooperation (TISIC)
61 Viet Nam Centre for Analysis and Forecasting, Viet Nam
62 Viet Nam Foreign Trade University

ARTNeT Associate Partners[edit]

Institute Website
1 Asian Development Bank
2 Asian Development Bank Institute
3 Latin American Integration Association (ALADI)
4 CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment (CUTS-CITEE)
5 Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
6 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
7 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
8 United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
9 World Bank

ARTNeT Core Partners[edit]

Institute Website
1 Agence Française de Développement
2 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Trade and Investment Division*
3 International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
4 World Trade Organization (WTO)
5 UNDP Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative
6 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

* UNESCAP TID serves as the ARTNeT Secretariat


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