Drivers of Competitiveness and Strategies for Economic Diversification (ARTNET) - Phase III

The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNET) was established in 2004 to enhance the capacity of researchers and research institutions to deliver timely, demand-driven, trade-related research to policymakers in the region. ARTNET has since become the largest trade policy research network in the region.

This phase of support to ARTNET will build on the lessons learned from the two previous phases (102568 and 104247) while responding to new economic challenges and conditions, mainly, the global economic crisis of 2008-2009. Lessons from the crisis suggest that economies need to diversify their export base, increase competitiveness and invest in social institutions.

This project will support capacity building, research studies and policy outreach with a focus on the following areas: the dynamics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their potential for job creation; enhancing the inclusiveness of export-led growth through innovation, technology and competitiveness; balancing growth with the distribution of gain; and new theoretical frameworks for studying the determinants of economic diversification.

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Start Date

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

End Date

Thursday, July 2, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Rodriguez, Mr. Edgard

Total funding

CA$ 547,000


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Mia Mikic (Dr)


Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

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