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

In focus

Resource Mobilization for Sustainable LDC Graduation of Nepal in the context of Emerging Challenges To Development Financing

UNESCAP South and South-West Asia Office (UNESCAP SSWA)’s development paper on ’Resource Mobilization for Sustainable LDC Graduation of Nepal in the context of Emerging Challenges to Development Financing’ by Dr. Paras Kharel, Research Director at SAWTEE is out.  Find more.

SAWTEE and FNCCI interaction on Nepal’s LDC graduation

SAWTEE and the Export Promotion Committee (EPC) at the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) held a virtual dialogue on 23 February 2022 to discuss the implications of Nepal’s graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category. Find more

SAWTEE participates in private sector dialogue to discuss Nepal’s LDC graduation

SAWTEE participated in a dialogue with the private sector in an interaction event virtually organized by the National Planning Commission (NPC) on 15 February 2022. Find More

SAWTEE-NCC dialogue on Nepal’s LDC graduation

SAWTEE and Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) on 6 February 2022 held a virtual dialogue on the implications of Nepal’s LDC graduation with the objective of informing the government of the concerns of the private sector to ensure a smooth transition out of the LDC category for Nepal.  Find More

Trade Policy Coherence and Coordination in Nepal

A research report on "Trade Policy Coherence and Coordination in Nepal: An Exploratory Assessment", a joint publication of SAWTEE and The Asia Foundation, is out. This study report is authored by Dr.Paras Kharel, Research Director, SAWTEE, and Kshitiz Dahal, Senior Research Officer, SAWTEE.  Find More 

Pervasive Informality: How South Asia’s jobs could be saved in the face of COVID-19

An article Pervasive Informality: How South Asia’s jobs could be saved in the face of COVID-19?authored by Dikshya Singh, Programme Coordinator, SAWTEE has been published as a book chapter in ‘Impact of COVID-19 Pandemicon SDGs of South Asia’ published by Consortium of South Asian Think-Tanks (COSATT) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). Click here for more: https://www.cosatt.org/uploads/news/file/Final%20book-Sep_20211001034425.pdf.

International remittances and nonfarm entrepreneurship among the left- behind: Evidence from Nepal

The article ‘International remittances and nonfarm entrepreneurship among the left- behind: Evidence from Nepal’, authored by Dr. Paras Kharel, Research Director, SAWTEE, and Kshitiz Dahal, Senior Research Office, SAWTEE is published in the journal Review of Development Economics. https://doi.org/10.1111/rode.12840

Nepal Civil Society Organizations’ Call to Support LDCs’ Request on Extension of Transition Period

National Policy Dialogue: A Webinar on Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation

This Virtual National Policy Dialogue aimed to bring together policymakers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and other concerned stakeholders to discuss the issues faced by women entrepreneurs in trade and provide recommendation for concrete gender-responsive trade facilitation policies


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