Recent Publications and Resources

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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SE Asia in Focus

Nathan has been on the ground and actively committed to prosperity in Southeast Asia since the 1950s, working with donors, individual governments, and organizations to unleash the full potential of individual economies and the region as a whole. SE Asia in Focus covers our current project activities in the region. For more information on our capabilities in the region, please contact Rachid Benjelloun at *protected email* ...
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Fintech in India: An analysis of the market, and of the UK’s role in supporting its development

Fintech in India: An analysis of the market, and of the UK’s role in supporting its development was completed in January 2017 for the British High Commission in New Delhi. The report analyzes the Indian fintech sector and recommends 10 areas of focus where the UK can support Indian fintech. The report examines the demand, supply, policy and regulatory environment, and other support functions and enablers of the fintech market in India. Indian fintech has primarily supplied digital payment services, as well as personal finance, wealth management, alternative lending, and data analytics services. However, fintech firms in India have access ...
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APEC Women in STEM: A Framework for Dialogue, Learning and Action

The APEC Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity is among APEC’s latest efforts to advance women’s economic empowerment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Prepared by USAID’s US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity, this report sets forth an analytical framework for strengthening conditions for women in the STEM professions. The framework draws on experiences from APEC’s 21 economies, organizing challenges across the key issues of (1) Enabling Environment; (2) Education; (3) Employment; and (4) Entrepreneurship. Each section provides a set of potential interventions that economies, employers, educators and others may consider when undertaking changes and reforms ...
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