Trainings and seminars
ADB and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) provide institutional and technical capacity building in line with the changing trade policy landscape and the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTAs) in Asia. ADB and its Institute have provided regional, sub-regional and in-country courses and seminars on trade policy, FTAs, rules of origin, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and trade facilitation and logistics. Around 500 middle- to high-level officials and private sector representatives across Asia-Pacific have been trained since 2006.
ADB aims to provide effective manuals in various areas of trade which draw upon the Bank’s experience in regional trade policy capacity building for the Asia-Pacific region. Examples are: (i) How to Design, Negotiate, and Implement a Free Trade Agreement in Asia; (ii) Trade Facilitation Handbook: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice in Asia and the Pacific (jointly with UNESCAP); (iii) Risk Management Guide (jointly with the WCO); and GMS Cross-Border Trade Agreement Operations Manual.
Research on trade and investment
ADB and ADBI conduct research in several areas of trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific, including the Doha Round, FTAs, infrastructure and trade costs, and regional and subregional integration.
Recent books include Brooks and Hummels (2009) Infrastructure's Role In Lowering Asia's Trade Costs: Building for Trade; Francois, Rana and Wignaraja (2009) Pan-Asian Integration: Linking East and South Asia; and ADB and ADBI (2009) Infrastructure for a Seamless Asia.
There are also online working paper series which disseminate information and generate debate on the many facets of trade, including: