ARTNeT`s DA9 „The growth of trade and investment has spurred growth in many developing countries. Strong growth has contributed to significant poverty reduction and improved overall well-being in Asia-Pacific and other regions. However, considerable differences remain between countries, so that not all countries – let alone all groups and individuals within countries – have been able to benefit equally from trade. In particular, the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and other countries with special needs have not benefited as much from trade as some other developing countries. SAAs have the potential to promote growth, employment and social well-being. Improved market access can create trade opportunities, increase the volume of trade and facilitate regional integration. Larger, more competitive markets can also benefit consumers by offering more diverse and cheaper goods and services. SAAs can provide an opportunity for developing countries to modernise and improve their national regulations, including services, investment and competition, with a view to improving economic efficiency. In addition, using the established approach of ARTNeT (The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade) and UNNExT (UNNExT) (UN Network of Experts for Paperless Trade), an expert advisory council on privileged liberalization will be established to continuously support governments and other public and private stakeholders in the DEP process. In the longer term, this board of directors should be maintained through the use of benefits in kind that create the potential for self-financing.
The Advisory Committee will draw on some of its members of the ARTNeT and UNNExT network from scientists, knowledge communities and trade and development practitioners who have already demonstrated their willingness to provide advice and action to governments on these issues. 9:15 Empirical evidence of the social effects and income distribution of trade policy: transmission channels and case studies 10:00 An assessment of the performance of CARICOM extra-regional trade agreements The project aims to focus on a group of pilot countries that are most in need of help and support and that have the potential to benefit from projects and EPAs. In order to have a greater and more sustainable impact, all materials developed for evidence-based policy development and other capacity building programmes will be made public in a user-friendly format through knowledge exchange platforms, such as the PTA online database, known as the Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Agreements (APTIAD) database. In order to promote further economic and social development, these countries need better access to markets, in addition to the further development of production and supply capacities. 12:00 Round Table: Research Agenda Ideas on the Social Impact of Trade Policy in Jamaica. . . .