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Tenth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES X)

Reviewing Nepal-India trade treaty

Pesticides Law and its Implementation

Nepal-Bangladesh Trade: Opportunity and Challenges

Public Expenditure in Federal Structure: Opportunities and Challenges

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues in Agriculture Trade

In focus

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.

SAWTEE`s Research Director spoke as a panelist at the University of Dhaka International Conference, Bangladesh

Dr Paras Kharel, Research Director, SAWTEE spoke as a panelist in a session on “Trade and Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity” at the “BER International Conference for Economists 2019: Inclusive Growth for Sustainable Development” in Dhaka on 6 July 2019. The conference was organized by the Bureau of Economic Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Nepal National Study

Asian Development Bank (ADB), in May 2019, published the diagnostic report: "Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Nepal National Study," which explores how Nepal could boost its exports by addressing nontariff barriers to trade. The report, designed jointly by the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and ADB, was prepared by Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, SAWTEE, with significant research contribution from Mr. Kshitiz Dahal, Research Officer, SAWTEE.

SAWTEE`s Programme Coordinator presented a paper at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Kathmandu

Ms. Neelu Thapa, Programme Coordinator at SAWTEE, presented a paper in the programme “Tapping the socioeconomic and the nutritional power of vegetables in context of Nepal” organized by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) on 18th June 2019. The paper titled “Prospects and Problems of Vegetable Exports” looked into the demand side, supply side and the market side with an effort to identify the issues and potential of vegetable production and exports.  The workshop aimed at creating efforts to compile knowledge of different dimensions of vegetables in the context of Nepal.