With mega trade deals and digitalization, we need to rethink aid for trade with more focus on policy and regulatory support.
Pramila joined ADB in November 2020 from the Goethe University Frankfurt, where she was Assistant Professor, Head of Chair of International Trade. Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin, non-tariff measures and geographical indications. At ADB, she is also supporting the APEC regional forum. Pramila holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She developed extensive experience in applied economic research and technical assistance in Africa and Least Developed countries at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the European University Institute. She also carried out consultancy work for various clients, including the World Trade Organization, the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program and the African Union.
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The massive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is expected to go into force in 2022. It could be instrumental in helping Asian economies bounce back from the pandemic.
The massive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership presents a major trade opportunity for Asia but there are still critical details that need to be worked out.