Supporting SMB Growth: Unlocking Opportunities through E-commerce

UPS and Nathan Associates present a new report on how small and medium businesses can leverage e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges and uncertainty for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). With the rapid shift … Read More

Consultation Paper on Resolving Corporate Insolvency in APEC Economies in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic

An efficient and predictable insolvency framework is essential to safeguard economic resilience of APEC economies. Good insolvency regimes ensure that businesses have the resources to prioritize and continue day-to-day operations when facing financial instability, therefore reducing failure rates among small … Read More

How Digitalization Can Address ASEAN’s Power Sector Challenges

Digital technologies are transforming industries around the world, including the energy sector. Many experts and organizations including the International Energy Agency (IEA) believe that digitalization could mark a new era for energy, revolutionizing how energy systems are designed and operated … Read More

Structural Reform Measures to Improve Women’s Access to Labor Markets, Finance and Capital

This report, prepared by Nathan for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Support Unit, examines the process of structural reforms in APEC economies to remove barriers to women’s access to labor markets, finance, and capital. The report highlights the importance … Read More

External Evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

Nathan was contracted in September 2018 to conduct an external evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), which assists developing countries in implementing international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations to gain and maintain market access. This … Read More

Customs Modernization Handbook: How Authorized Economic Operators Have Evolved: Latest Developments (2018)

Customs administrations continue to adapt to an ever-changing environment of growing trade volumes, new trade business models, increasing need for security, and demand from consumers regarding speed, predictability, transparency, and cost reduction. In the past two decades, Customs administrations have … Read More

All Good?: How Credit Scoring Works in Myanmar

This paper examines the role of credit scoring in very low-default environments based on experience in both commercial banks and MFIs in Myanmar, between 2016-2018. It argues that, even in low-default environments, financial institutions stand to gain from digitization and … Read More

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