CESD has become the first Myanmar-based member of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT). ARTNeT is a network of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks from across the Asia-Pacific region.
Formed in 2004, ARTNeT works to address international trade and investment policy and facilitation issues in the region. Issues include limited trade-related research capacity, weak and ineffective communication between policy makers and researchers, and a lack of integration of trade and investment policies in national development strategies.
The activities of ARTNeT are focused on three areas:
- production of research on trade-related policy issues;
- building of research capacity, particularly that of institutions in least developed countries; and
- dissemination of knowledge and information to key stakeholders.
CESD’s initial activities as a member of ARTNeT involved co-organising two workshops, in collaboration with ARTNeT, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). The workshops, held in Yangon in May 2016, were designed to strengthen the capacity of local researchers, and looked at regional cooperation and trade facilitation.
ARTNeT is an initiative of UNESCAP, with support from several international donors and national development agencies, including the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.