What I am up to

What I am up to

2022

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United Nations Association of New Zealand Wellington Branch is organizing a webinar on Climate Responsible Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development (24 Nov 2022). Information on the webinar (the speakers, registration etc) is here. The webinar will be recorded and I will post the link to the recording when available.
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United Nations ESCAP team working on trade, investment and innovation produces Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report which always picks a topic of great relevance for the economies in the region and beyond. 2023 Report will attempt to answer many difficult questions about contributions and possible drawbacks of digital trade and investment to sustainable development. I am pleased to have participated in the expert group meeting (14-16 Nov 2022) discussing with the team about the concepts, scope, focus, messages, methodology, data and more. I am confident the Report will be a valuable reference to both policymakers and annalists.
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I am pleased and proud Sherry Stephenson and I got to contribute to this year’s issue of the PECC State of the Region Report 2022-2023, authored by Eduardo Pedrosa and Michael Plummer. The Box (see image below) we wrote is based on a multi-year APEC project on logistics services. The background paper produced as one component of that project is available here.
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So, once in a while, people are allowed to have fun with the stuff they normally treat more seriously. Hope you will find this video fits that category!
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“Making Change Happen” at HARVARD. I was privileged to be invited to speak about my experience in development work in the UN ESCAP and provide my insights on an elite-citizen gap in views on the legitimacy of the UN and other international organizations and the role of this gap deepening in the rise of populist governance. We also touched upon the importance of understanding who the stakeholders are and what are their developmental needs. And, of course, on how to embark on the UN professional career. I was happy to recommend the 17 Rooms podcast and Gambling on Development by Stefan Dercon to the students.
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I provided some brief comments in a pre-recorded video to the recent CUTS CITEE roundtable on Trade Policy India Needs on 14 October 2022. They are also available in this commentary.
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I am honoured and excited about teaching International Economics Issues at Waikato University this semester. It is a 3rd-year undergraduate class and I hope we will have fun going through a packed syllabus. While there is no prescribed textbook, we will lean on several chapters from Krugman, Obstfeld, and Melitz (12th ed) and Feenstra and Taylor (5th ed) padded with MANY super-interesting podcasts, blogs, and appropriate (non-technical) articles). It will be a combined in-person and Zoom-based course and I am hoping for more in-person interactions as we move through the semester.
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Mapping #noodles with RTAs in Asia is getting messier. This is an interim map while I am finding time to do a commentary (hopefully soon). It includes only major regional groupings, The image includes proper regional trade agreements (AANZFTA, RCEP, CPTPP) and regional cooperation initiatives (APEC, IPEF). Note that Brunei Darussalam, Chile, and Malaysia still have to ratify/enforce their participation in CPTPP and similarly Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines for RCEP.
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CUTS International is organizing a session on Future of the WTO or WTO of the Future on 23 June and I am happy to be joining the panel featuring Pascal Lamy, Amita Batra, Mark Linscott, and Deborah Elm expertly moderated by Pradeep Mehta. #WTO Watch the video of the event.
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2022 edition of the UNCTAD course Trade and Gender Linkages with a Focus on the Least Developed Countries started on Monday 13 June. I am co-facilitating with Vanika Sharma and we both are excited to collaborate on this awesome program again. #womeninartnet A number of participants joined in the last online session (16 July) and this photo was taken as a memento!
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I am so happy (and anxious) to join Cecilia Malmström and Alan Wm. Wolff to talk about Will the WTO survive amid Russia's war and other stresses on global trade? in the next session of Trade Winds @PIIE on 15 June. You can watch the episode here.
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You can watch the recordings of the two ARTNeT webinars I moderated in May 2022. One was on Gender Impact Analysis of Trade - What Is It and Why Do We Need It? featuring Georgina Wainwright-Kemdirim, Global Affairs Canada and Jane Korinek, OECD and another on Deepening Linkages Between South Asia and Southeast Asia featuring Nora Dihel, World Bank; Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås, Council on Economic Policies and Mustafizur Rahman, Centre for Policy Dialogue.
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Along with Matteo Fiorini (OECD), I was invited to participate in a workshop organized by Paul Baker (International Economics) for Indonesia and to comment on the use of indicators on services trade restrictiveness for improving trade policy formulation, including in the trade negotiations. My slides are attached.
TiS_WS2_D2S1 Intro (1)+mia segmet1.pdf1599.1KB
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