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ERIA and UNCTAD Discuss Joint Work on NTMs in ASEAN and East Asia

8 December 2020

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Jakarta/Geneva, 8 December 2020: The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) jointly hosted an online policy dialogue to discuss trade integration and Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) across ASEAN and East Asia. The online discussion attracted 140 participants from ASEAN, East Asia, and Europe. The webinar was organized under ERIA’s Strategy and Partnership Programme, funded by Australia.

The webinar was opened by Mr Koji Hachiyama, Chief Operating Officer of ERIA, and Dr Ralf Peters, Chief of Trade Information Section, UNCTAD. They discussed the innovative and relevant joint work of UNCTAD and ERIA on NTMs and trade integration at ASEAN and East Asia levels. 

After watching the ERIA video on NTMs, Dr Doan Thi Thanh Ha, Economist at ERIA and Ms Denise Penello Rial, Economist at UNCTAD, presented the recent ERIA/UNCTAD work on the region. They also shared information on data collection and information on NTMs. Prof Simon Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development and MBA Director at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, presented findings on NTMs from his research group, the Global Trade Alert. 

During the Q&A discussion, Prof Evenett, Dr Doan Thi Thanh Ha, Ms Penello Rial, Dr Lili Yan Ing, and participants discussed how NTMs can create obstacles to trade, the impact of the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal to the region and NTMs as well as techniques to collect and analyse NTMs and their impact on trade and economic development. The event was moderated by Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan, ERIA’s Director of Strategy and Partnership.

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