Trade Policy at Work

Trade Aspects of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in South and Southeast Asia

This study provides an in-depth analysis of the trade aspects of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by seven South and Southeast Asian countries, namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.

Using a mapping methodology built on existing literature, it finds that trade elements are incorporated, in varying degrees, across the seven countries’ NDCs, particularly in the renewable energy, electric mobility and green tourism sectors.

It is evident, however, that there is substantial room to expand trade considerations in climate action policies. Strengthening expertise, providing appropriate training and know-how and financing studies that raise awareness on trade and climate action synergies are key approaches that were cited to assist countries in capitalising on their trade potential in their climate action strategies.