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  • ADB-ADBI-MISI AIEN Training Program - Plugging into Global Value Chains (GVCs): Role of Trade and Investment Policy

    ADB-ADBI-MISI AIEN Training Program - Plugging into Global Value Chains (GVCs): Role of Trade and Investment Policy

    The Asian International Economists Network in partnership with the Asian Development Bank Institute and Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) conducted a training program on 3-6 June 2014 at the MISI Campus, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Policymakers from 21 member countries learned from industry experts and academia about the automotive, IT, agri-food, and electronics GVCs; and opportunities maximized through RCI. Visit the Training 2014 page for the presentations.

  • [Infographics] E-commerce revolution: The rise of e-commerce and how it has changed the way we do things

    [Infographics] E-commerce revolution: The rise of e-commerce and how it has changed the way we do things

    E-commerce, a virtually non-existent industry in the early '90s, reached US$ 1 trillion of sales in 2012, creating new markets while driving some existing ones to near extinction. Learn more.

  • Trade Chatter April-May 2014 issue

    AIEN Trade Chatter: Issue 18, April-May 2014

    The April/May 2014 issue of the AIEN newsletter, Trade Chatter, has been sent out to the mailing list! If you haven't received a copy, check out the web version. To avoid missing out in the future, subscribe here!

  • AIEN Speaker Series: Global Value Chains and Connectivity in Developing Asia

    AIEN Speaker Series: Global Value Chains and Connectivity in Developing Asia

    On 29 April 2014, Prof. Richard Pomfret of the University of Adelaide talked about evolution and current status of global value chains in developing Asia, focusing on the West and the Central regions.
    Presentation | Video

  • AIEN Speaker Series: ROK’s trade relations, FTA policy and trade integration in Asia-Pacific

    AIEN Speaker Series:  The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) trade relations, FTA policy and trade integration in Asia

    On 13 December 2013, 2:00–3:30pm (GMT+8/Manila time), Professor Taeho Bark talked about the Republic of Korea's (ROK) FTA policy. His presentation also covered the outcome of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference and the status of the mega RTAs in the region.
    Presentation | Video

  • AIEN Speaker Series: Mapping crisis era protectionism in the Asia and Pacific region

    AIEN Speaker Series: Mapping crisis era protectionism in the Asia and Pacific region

    On 9 December 2013, 2:00–3:30pm (GMT+8/Manila time) at ADB HQ, Simon Evenett talked about Asia's resort to protectionism since the onset of the global financial crisis.
    Presentation | Video

Global Value Chains



17 July 2014

Luxury car sales keep foot on accelerator

Li Fangfang | China Daily

The luxury car market in the People’s Republic of China continues to grow due to its increasing number of rich people. Taking advantage of this growth, famous car maker Ferrari plans to open its tailor-made center in Shanghai, the first in the Asia-Pacific region.


11 July 2014

Rebuilding American Manufacturing Powerhouse

Sridhar Kota | The Huffington Post

This piece talks about the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, a new public-private partnership project in the United States (US). The project is meant to encourage innovation through investment in research and development to enhance the country’s competitiveness in manufacturing. It also suggests policies relating to outsourcing of US-based firms. Photo source: Huffington Post


10 July 2014

ICC case study looks inside a green value chain in Asia

International Chamber of Commerce

“How can a business ensure sustainability right across its global value chain, from research and development, through to resourcing, production and the recycling of waste? This question is tackled in "Sustainable Value Chains", a publication on the example of two practical cases of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) published today by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as part of its "Green Economy Roadmap" series.” Photo source: International Chamber of Commerce


What We're Reading Now
for the week ending 2 August 2014



24 July 2014

The iPhone effect: New orders give Asia’s economies a bounce

Anonymous | The Wall Street Journal

“Preparations for the rollout of Apple’s latest iPhones are rippling through Asian economies, boosting revenues at component makers and helping underpin electronics exports from some nations.” (403 words)

21 July 2014

Open Data for economic growth: The latest evidence

Andrew Stott | The World Bank

There is growing consensus that Open Data has much potential to drive economic growth and business innovation. Further, countries can maximize the gains from Open Data if governments are fully equipped to be suppliers, leaders, catalysts and users. (617 words)

11 July 2014

US slaps tariffs on Korean steel pipe because of alleged unfair pricing

William Mauldin | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. moved to impose punitive tariffs on steelmakers from the Republic of Korea, saying the latter sold pipe used in the oil and gas industry at artificially low prices. An official of the Republic of Korea's embassy in Washington was quoted to have said that all possible options will be considered to challenge the U.S. decision, including at the World Trade Organization. Photo source: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images (518 words)

10 July 2014

Economic growth and the evolution of economic geography

Dong-Eun Rhee | Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

The rising influence of emerging markets is changing the global economic landscape. This calls the need for emerging economies to take greater responsibility on global issues and to secure macroeconomic stability—learning from the experience of developed countries. (1056 words)

9 July 2014

Regional trade deals can advance integration of economies

Patrick Low | South China Morning Post

"Mega-regional treaties may set the trend for comprehensive partnership among members if they live up to the hype and escape from politics."  Photo source: Associated Press (623 words)


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