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)

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

"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.

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

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

"Standards and Testing in RCEP", June 2016. Click here 

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

"RCEP:  Proposals for Trade in Goods and Rules of Origin," June 2016, Click here

"Investment Recommendations for RCEP," June 2016, Click here

"What is RCEP?" May 2016, Click here

"Encouraging Mobile in RCEP," April 2016, Click here

"Concentrated Trade 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

Digital trade and E-commerce

"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

"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.