Recent Publications and Resources

Foreign Banks and Insurance Companies in Financial Sector Reform in Myanmar and Vietnam: Parallel Journeys, Divergent Paths

Foreign Banks and Insurance Companies in Financial Sector Reform in Myanmar and Vietnam: Parallel Journeys, Divergent Paths

The goal of the USAID Burma Private Sector Development Activity (PSDA), implemented by Nathan, is to promote increased broad-based economic opportunities in Burma (Myanmar) by helping lay a foundation of economic governance and stakeholder engagement that promotes its transition to a market economy that is inclusive and sustainable and provides meaningful opportunities for Burma’s people to improve their lives. This paper, published as part of PSDA, explores the lessons for financial sector reform in Burma from the experiences in Vietnam, a country that began from a similarly inauspicious place. In terms of financial sector reform, a little-known feature of Burma and ...
Women's Economic Empowerment in the Digital Economy

Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Digital Economy

As digitization and technology transform employment in various sectors, women as workers and as entrepreneurs are required to respond and adapt to the changing economic landscape or otherwise be at risk of experiencing job displacement, compromised business operations, and challenges accessing finance. Increasingly aware of the importance of women’s economic participation, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) incorporated considerations for gender mainstreaming and the digital economy in the design and development of its 2025 Consolidated Strategic Action Plan. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI) project, implemented by Nathan, produced the White Paper ...
Lessons from the ASEAN SME Academy

Lessons from the ASEAN SME Academy

Lessons from the ASEAN SME Academy is a compendium of 16 short stories from facilitators and their clients from the ASEAN Member States of Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam and their experience with the ASEAN SME Academy, an online resource launched in 2016 as a collaboration between ASEAN and the US-ASEAN Business Council, with support from USAID ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI). US-ACTI turned over operations of the ASEAN SME Academy to the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in May 2018 ...
Monitoring and Implementing AEC Investment Policy in ASEAN’s Regional Treaties

Monitoring and Implementing AEC Investment Policy in ASEAN’s Regional Treaties

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint, produced as part of the USAID ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI) project, implemented by Nathan, emphasizes that the AEC should have “more transparent, consistent, and predictable investment rules, regulations, policies and procedures” (para. 28). To fulfill this objective, ASEAN’s regional investment agreements—whether in the form of standalone international investment agreements or investment chapters in ASEAN’s comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs)—must be examined. The following three areas are of immediate significance to the monitoring and implementation of the ASEAN regional investment treaties: 1) Information transparency and coordination; 2) Treaty incompatibility; and 3) Monitoring, coordination, and ...
APEC Women in Transportation Data Framework and Best Practices Report

APEC Women in Transportation Data Framework and Best Practices Report

In support of the Women in Transportation (WiT) initiative of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Nathan has developed two documents: (1) the 2015 APEC WiT Data Framework and Best Practices Report, which presents a framework for benchmarking and tracking the participation and influence of women as transportation workers, entrepreneurs, leaders and travelers and (2) the 2017 APEC WiT Best Practices Compendium Update, which supplements the 2015 report to include more recent information about government and businesses’ efforts to increase women’s engagement in transportation. The WiT data framework has 5 pillars and 18 priority outcomes. The first four pillars are ...
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Economic Reform and Growth Dynamics Discussion Paper Series

In 2015, as Myanmar prepared for new elections, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) commissioned a set of discussion papers to review Myanmar’s economic status, benchmark its performance relative to other countries, and identify priority policy reforms, investments, and institutional innovations to re-establish the country on a new, inclusive growth path. This effort has been led by USAID’s Private Sector Development Activity (PSDA) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI) projects, both implemented by Nathan ...
Facilitating Equity Crowdfunding in the ASEAN Region

Facilitating Equity Crowdfunding in the ASEAN Region

This report, produced as part of the USAID ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI) project, implemented by Nathan, provides information and recommendations for member states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which have not yet introduced equity crowdfunding (ECF) on the key issues they should consider in designing a regulatory framework for ECF; and for those ASEAN member states which have introduced a regulatory framework for ECF, provided information on developments in the regulation of ECF in other jurisdictions. ECF is emerging as an important mechanism to help bridge a major funding gap for small businesses. ECF provides an ...
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Indian Gaming Industry Report

Frequently cited by the press, the Indian Gaming Industry Report is a trusted resource for government and regulatory agencies, investors, and the gaming industry itself, as well as associated industries. The report is the most comprehensive, up-to-date study of Indian gaming available, providing a wide array of nationwide and state-by-state data and analyses. The report provides various data and analyses: Gaming revenue, by state Non-gaming revenue, by state Counts and lists of gaming tribes and Indian gaming facilities, by state Counts of gaming machines and table games, by state Class II vs. Class III comparisons Comparisons of Indian gaming across ...