south asia watch on trade, economics and environment

Reviewing Nepal-India trade treaty

Nepal-Bangladesh Trade: Opportunity and Challenges

Public Expenditure in Federal Structure: Opportunities and Challenges

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues in Agriculture Trade

12th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES XII)

BBIN MVA Interaction Workshop

In focus

Articles in peer reviewed journals

The article ‘The troubled path to food sovereignty in Nepal: ambiguities in agricultural policy reform’, authored by Dr. Puspa Sharma, Deputy Executive, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and Prof. Carsten Daugbjerg, University of Copenhagen, is published in the journal Agriculture and Human Values. DOI 10.1007/s10460-019-09988-1

Workshop papers published in a volume by Routledge

Intellectual Property Law and Plant Protection: Challenges and Developments in Asia is a collection of papers presented at the Two-Day Workshop on Reimagining the Governance of Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property for Agriculture and Food Security in Asia, jointly organized by SAWTEE, University of Queensland and Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) in August 2017. The volume, edited by Dr. Kamalesh Adhikari and Dr. David J. Jefferson, is published by Routledge.

SAWTEE’s delegation participated in 12th edition of South Asia Economic Summit in Colombo

SAWTEE’s Chairman Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Deputy Executive Dr. Puspa Sharma, Research Director Dr. Paras Kharel and Research Officer Ms. Pragati Koirala participated as speakers in the 12th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES XII) held on 26-27 September, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

SAWTEE’s Deputy Executive participated in a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) conference in Dhaka

Dr. Puspa Sharma, Deputy Executive, SAWTEE, participated in the international conference on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) organized by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, on 8 September 2019. Speaking as a panelist in the session “Economics of BRI”, he said that only development of transport corridors  through the BRI might not be beneficial. The BRI should focus on developing economic corridors. More importantly, the choice of projects to be developed under the BRI should be based on a proper cost-benefit analysis rather than political expedience. The session was chaired by Prof. Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD. The event was widely covered by the media. Details about the conference and its proceedings are here.

SAWTEE’s Chairman presented at a high-level discussion on multilateral trading system and LDC graduation

Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, SAWTEE, made a presentation at the, “High Level Discussion on Multilateral Trading System and LDC Graduation” on 7 August, 2019. The discussion was organized by Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Government of Nepal. In the presentation he discussed the graduation criterion and process, Nepal’s standing in the process and the implications of graduation for Nepal. He also suggested some way forwards for the aftermath of Nepal’s graduation.

SAWTEE’s Research Director, makes a case for setting up a credible, frequently updated database on the stock of migrants by destination

Dr. Paras Kharel, Research Director at SAWTEE in his opinion piece published on July 31, 2019 highlights the need for setting up and maintaining a database on the stock of migrants by destination. He emphasizes that the numbers on migration and remittances so often cited require a closer scrutiny through the lens of duration of stay and seasonality of the migration.  

SAWTEE researchers present their perspectives on the recent controversy regarding government`s policy, and subsequent repudiation, regarding mandatory pesticide residue testing on the imports of fruits and vegetables

Mr. Kshitiz Dahal and Ms. Dikshya Singh, researchers at SAWTEE, offered their perspective on the recent controversy regarding government`s policy, and subsequent repudiation regarding mandatory pesticide residue testing on the imports of fruits and vegetables through an opinion piece in The Himalayan Times. The essay, published on June 16, 2019, discusses challenges that could emerge from the decision, particularly in the context of inadequate infrastructure, lack of standards, and misalignment with the WTO agreement. It also offers practical solutions, both short term and long term, to ensure safety of imported fruits and vegetables without disrupting the trade.