News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

November 2017

Bangladesh Should Increase Energy Production to Achieve SDGs

Experts at the launching of UNCTAD’s The Least Developed Countries Report 2017 urged the Government of Bangladesh to strengthen the country’s electrical system and address electricity governance and finance to ensure affordable power supply to homes and businesses. Despite significant improvements over the past decade, challenges remain, according to the Report.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Energy, LDC, Nepal, Sustainable Development Goals, UNCTAD

November 2017

Report Calls for Speedy Implementation of Paperless Trade

Implementing paperless trade measures in Asia and the Pacific would reduce trade costs, raise competitiveness, and enable countries in the region to benefit from the digital economy, according to the Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation - Global Report 2017.

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Tags: ADB, ASEAN, Customs, Trade Facilitation Agreement, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, WTO

December 2016

Commentary: Bhutan and Nepal: Two "Least Developed Nations" that Could Change Face of Asia

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) comprise around 880 million people yet account for less than 2% of the world gross domestic product. South Asian countries can accelerate economic development and graduate from the LDC category by working with each other. The economic future of their people could change radically through collaboration between the countries and lift millions of people out of poverty.

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Tags: Bhutan, Nepal, BBIN, Connectivity, Energy, SAARC, Sri Lanka, Trade, UNCTAD

October 2015

WTO and UNCTAD Sign Declaration Increasing Cooperation

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) signed a Joint Declaration that reaffirms their commitment to strengthen cooperation on promoting trade as a tool for development, and acknowledges trade as an important driver of development. It also reinforces the commitment of WTO and UNCTAD on bolstering cooperation in key areas of their work, including trade related technical assistance and capacity-building, and trade facilitation.

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