ATC Provides:

  • Strategic and creative thinking to complex policy and regulatory challenges;
  • Solutions for both government and companies to vexing trade problems;
  • Practical advice and suggestions for improving bottom line performance for companies trying to make sense of complicated trade agreements;
  • Sensible knowledge and input to government officials grappling with crafting modern trade agendas for the future.

Our three primary activities include Research, Training and Advocacy.



Training for Governments

The Centre conducts capacity building courses for government officials throughout Asia on all aspects of trade.  Courses may include broad topics such as understanding the World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments; meeting the demands of the WTO Trade Policy Review (TPR) mechanism; negotiating free trade agreements; or harnessing trade for economic development.  Narrower topics include issues like market access for goods, services, investment, government procurement, rules of origin, trade facilitation, sanitary and phyotosanitary (SPS) rules, and intellectual property.   Workshops are customized to meet the needs of the participants. 

Training for Businesses

While governments in Asia are busy negotiating and implementing trade agreements, businesses are faced with challenges using these complex and overlapping deals.  The Asian Trade Centre helps businesses by training key personnel like country or regional general managers, CFOs, procurement and regulatory managers to:

  • Gain a competitive advantage and mitigate risks through understanding the rules of various trade regimes
  • Develop an understanding of different organizations that govern trade and the agreements that structure trade
  • Grasp the differences between the bilateral, regional and multilateral forums that deal with trade policy issues
  • Learn to interpret different trade agreements with a particular focus on market access issues
  • Meet the requirements free trade agreements on rules of origin and certificates of origin for exporting under preferences
  • Mitigate customs risks by understanding the rules for customs
  • Reduce the risks of triggering trade remedies like anti-dumping or safeguard actions in the WTO
  • Advocate positions to government in ongoing trade negotiations

Classes can be held in Singapore or in host countries and are taught by leading experts in international trade. For our upcoming events, please visit Activities.

Research on Asian Trade Issues

The Asian Trade Centre also 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)

Details of our publications can be found under ATC Publications