The Asian Trade Centre conducts policy-oriented research on Asian trade issues.  Currently, we have several major projects underway:

  1. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations
  2. E-commerce and digital trade
  3. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  4. Global Value Chains (GVCs)
  5. Trade facilitation in Asia
  6. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

To read our Policy Briefs and other research materials, please click below:

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

"TPP Rules of Digital Trade in Asia", ADBI Working Paper, June 2017, Deborah Elms and Minh Hue Nguyen. Click here.

"La política comercial en Asia se revitaliza ante posible colapso del TPP,"Puentes, December 2016. Click here

The Origins and Evolution of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations. Asian Survey November/December 2016. Click here.

Digital Trade and the TPP:  How Asia-Pacific Benefits.  August 2016.  Click here.

Policy Brief 16-11a: "How an FTA Like TPP Can Transform A Value Chain:  The Ketchup Example," June 2016.  Click here.

Policy Brief 16-02: "The Trans-Pacific Partnership:  Impact on Supply Chains," March 2016. Click here.

Working Paper:  Origins and Evolution of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations, Deborah Elms, January 2015. Click here.

 

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

ATC Publications on RCEP

2017

Policy Brief 17-09: "What is RCEP," September 2017. Click here

Policy Brief 17-08: "Model Language Suggestions to Facilitate Cross-Border Trade for MSMEs," July 2017.  Click here.

Policy Brief 17-06: "How Did Keeping Children Safe Get So Complicated In Asia?," May 2017. Click here.

Policy Brief 17-05: "RCEP: Helping MSMEs Struggle Less With Standards," May 2017. Click here.

Policy Brief 17-04: "RCEP: Handling Data Privacy," May 2017. Click here.

Policy Brief 17-03: "RCEP: Managing E-Commerce At Customs," May 2017. Click here.

Policy Brief 17-02: "How Does Data Localisation Hurt Small Businesses?," March 2017. Click here.

Policy Brief 17-01: "RCEP: Facilitating Trade For E-commerce," March 2017. Click here.

2016

Policy Brief 16-17: "How RCEP Can Achieve Better Consumer Protection Using Improved Product Testing," October 2016. Click here.

Policy Brief 16-16: "RCEP:  Model Language Suggestions for IP and Digital Trade," December 2016.  Click here.

Policy Brief 16-15: "RCEP:  Model E-Commerce Language," December 2016.  Click here.

Policy Brief 16-14: "RCEP:  Facilitating E-Payments," October 2016.  Click here.

Policy Brief 16-13: "RCEP: 2016 Early Harvest Recommendations," July 2016. Click here.

Policy Brief 16-12: "Encouraging Mobile Devices in ASEAN," June 2016. Click here.

Policy Brief 16-11: "How An FTA Like TPP Can Transform A Global Value Chain: The Ketchup Example", May 2016. Click here.

Policy Brief 16-11b: "Standards and Testing in RCEP", June 2016. Click here.

"RCEP:  E-Commerce Working Paper" June 2016.  Click here.

Policy Brief 16-10: "RCEP:  Proposals for Trade in Goods and Rules of Origin," June 2016, Click here.

Policy Brief 16-09: "Investment Recommendations for RCEP," June 2016, Click here.

Policy Brief 16-08: "What is RCEP?" May 2016, Click here.

Policy Brief 16-07: "Concentrated Trade in RCEP," April 2016, Click here.

Policy Brief 16-05: "Challenges of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in E-Commerce in Asia," May 2016, Click here.

Policy Brief 16-04: "Encouraging Mobile in RCEP," April 2016, Click here.

"RCEP Brings New Opportunities for Gradual Agricultural Reforms in India" by Deborah Elms and Kelly Phuong Tran. 2014.  Presented at Indian Agriculture Sector Under Trade Liberalization and WTO: Issues and Challenges, Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT, New Delhi, December 11-12, 2014. Click here.

 

Digital trade and E-commerce

Book "The Intangible Economy: How Services Shape Global Production and Consumption", Elms, Deborah Kay, Arian Hassani, and Patrick Low, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2017. Click here.

Policy Brief 17-07: "Should E-Commerce and Digital Trade Be Taxed?," June 2017, Click here.

"Evolving Digital and E-Commerce Trade Rules in Northeast Asia," Available as a PDF here or order hardcopy through KIEP here

"Fostering Innovation and Growth in Asia:  IP, Copyright and Digital Trade," Working Paper, April 2016, Click here.

April 2015 Policy Report:  Challenges of Small & Medium Sized Enterprises in E-Commerce in Asia. Click here.

"RCEP:  E-Commerce Working Paper" June 2016.  Click here.

 

Global Value Chains (GVCs) and Supply Chain

"How an FTA Like TPP Can Transform A Value Chain:  The Ketchup Example," June 2016.  Click here.

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership:  Impact on Supply Chains," Click here.

 

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

"The Role of Non-Tariff Measures in Achieving AEC Blueprint 2025," Click here.

"The Role of E-Commerce in Achieving AEC Blueprint 2025 Goals," Click here.

 

Trade facilitation in Asia

"Encouraging Mobile in ASEAN", June 2016. Click here.

 

Additional Publications

'Instead, The Fire Happened': Brexit's Impact on UK and International Trade', by Jack Coleman. ISEAS Seminar, Singapore, August 16 2016

The TPP as a Pathway to Asian Integration, 2014 Korea Dialogue on Strengthening North Pacific Cooperation, East-West Center, Hawaii, July 25, 2014

Asia-­Pacific Megaregional Free Trade Agreements: Fostering Global Supply Chains? by Deborah Elms. 2014. Paper Presented at the 2014 APEC Workshop on Advancing REI in the GVC Era Taipei, September 29, 2014.

Governing trade: regional leadership in the Asia Pacific, by Deborah Elms. 2014. In the book Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade, by David Deese (Editor).

TPP: ¿qué tiene de siglo XXI? by Deborah Elms. 2014. In Puentes, Volume 15, Number 6: Acuerdos megarregionales: gigantes en la cancha. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. English version available here.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Looking Ahead to Next Steps, by Deborah Elms. 2014. In the book New Directions in Asia-Pacific Economic Integration, by Ambassador Tang Guoqiang and Peter A. Petri (Editors).

After Bali: What Happens Next with Asian Trade Facilitation? by Deborah Elms. 2014.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations: Some Outstanding Issues for the Final Stretch, by Deborah Elms. 2013. 

Agriculture and the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, by Deborah Elms. 2013.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Challenges of Unraveling the Noodle Bowl, by Deborah Elms. 2013.

Global Value Chains in a Changing World, by Deborah Elms (Editor) & Patrick Low (Editor). 2013.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, by C. L. Lim (Author), Deborah Elms (Editor), Patrick Low (Editor). 2012.