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

Nepal Bangladesh: Trade Arrangements and Connectivity

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Vacancy Announcement for Research/Programme Associate

SAWTEE is looking for a young, dynamic, and dedicated Nepali citizen for the position of Research/Programme Associate at its office in Kathmandu. For this position, we are looking for someone who has strong research skills, including utilizing available secondary data, data cleaning and analysis, and employing econometric techniques using statistical software with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, development studies, management or related field. For more details and full description about the job, please click here!

Webinar organized by SAWTEE Titled “LDC Graduation: What’s next for Nepal?”

Graduation without addressing the structural impediments to sustainable development may rather be harmful to Nepal as the existing concessions. This webinar, aimed to bring together policymakers, representatives from the private sector, civil society, think tanks and academia to discuss the LDC graduation for a better and managed transition. Find More

Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

SAWTEE organized a webinar titled "Towards recovery: Women entrepreneurs coping with the pandemic" to take stock of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the women entrepreneurs and provide evidence-backed solutions to create resilient business eco-system. Find More 

Book chapter authored by us: Green Growth and Trade in Environmental Goods and Services: A South Asian Perspective

The Working Paper on Green Growth and Trade in Environmental Goods and Services: A South Asian Perspective co-authored by our Chairman Dr. Posh Raj Pandey and our Research Officer Kshitiz Dahal has been published as a book chapter in ‘Environmental Sustainability and International Trade: Roadmap for sustainable Development.

Webinars on COVID-19 and South Asia

Details: South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in association with Biruni Institute, Afghanistan, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan, and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Sri Lanka, is organising a series of webinars to deliberate on various socio-economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, how they relate to South Asia and what should be the future course of action for South Asian countries. Please click here for details.

Proposals to drive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia

Dr. Puspa Sharma, Executive Director, SAWTEE, together with researchers from reputed think tanks in South Asia, provides perspectives on measures that South Asian countries can adopt for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. continue reading

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. continue reading

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. continue reading

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.