International trade does not take place in a vacuum. Governments set rules for managing trade including the development of laws and regulations that can affect the ability of goods, services, investment, ideas, information, and people to move across borders.
Changes in technology, the geopolitical landscape, and supply chains as well as environmental challenges, have prompted varying policy responses by governments. To manage a balance between domestic interests and the wider global economic community, governments must collaborate to ensure consistency while still addressing their specific needs and conditions.
Trade policy research at the Hinrich Foundation examines issues such as the level of openness or restrictiveness in policy settings or the extent to which governments should coordinate or collaborate with others under different trade frameworks.
Talking Trade blog
Talking Trade, a flagship research project of the Asian Trade Centre, provided insights on trade and policy economic developments of importance to Asia from 2014-2023, including the transformation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) into the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the evolution of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), other free trade arrangements (FTAs), developments at the World Trade Organization (WTO), digital trade and more.
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Head of Trade Policy, Hinrich Foundation
Areas of expertise
Free trade agreements
Intellectual property rights
Trade and climate
Goods, services, customs, investments, MSMEs