Consumer sovereignty in the framework of social justice, economic equality and environmental balance, within and across borders

Trade & Economics

Trade and economics are now at the center of the global agenda for most countries and one of the main drivers of globalisation process. Economics may be broader than trade in terms of concept but in general, they work hand in hand to enhance the socioeconomic condition of a country. Trade can be associated with the exchange of goods and services in or outside the borders. International and regional integration can be evidenced by the formation of economic blocks as well as many free trade agreements to build and cement alliences between countries around the world. And trade together with monetary and finance activities form the three main pillars of economics.

Visit Projects of this Area:

The Greater Mekong Sub-region: Addressing Development Challenges in New Globalisation Era

CUTS Hanoi Resource Centre (CUTS HRC) has implemented the project with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Berne, Switzerland.

The project would contribute to the process of bridging the gap between the poorer countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and their better-off neighbours of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by informing the stakeholders, especially those playing a vital role in this process.

Vietnam-OECD Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) – An assessment of Vietnam’s Investment Climate Policies against the PFI

The project has been implemented by the Centre with the support of The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The project would provide a “first hand” assessment of the most distinctive regulatory features and recent policy developments in Vietnam in the investment policy area using the questions of the PFI as indicative benchmarks.

SESA Programme: Trade Promotion through Standardization

The programme, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS), aims at building institutional capacity within the South-east and South Asia (SESA) regions on standard setting and standard implementation. Eight countries, four from each region, have been invited to participate in the programme, including: Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.