This volume comprises four selected research essays on different aspects of trade and industry issues in the Asian region. They are written by researchers in Asian countries, brought together by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) which from April 2011 until September 2013 has implemented its Phase III under the topic of “Drivers of Competitiveness and Strategies for Economic Diversification for Developing Countries – Building Policy Making Capacity in Asia and the Pacific”. The latest phase of ARTNeT reflects the diversity and breadth of research interests, as well as the depth of research talent, available in the region and harnesses these assets in addressing the major development policy issues facing developing Asian countries. Since its establishment ARTNeT has focused the efforts of the network on ensuring that research institutions of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly those in least developed countries, provide more relevant and higher-quality applied research and policy recommendations to policymakers. ARTNeT and its members and associates have endeavored to produce high quality and relevant studies on trade issues on the basis of a demand-driven research programme, to improve the communication and dissemination of research study results of research institutions to policymakers; and to increase the capacity of research institutions in the region, especially in the least developed countries. All of this has been done with the aim of making trade and investment related research more useful and accessible to policymakers who are thus better informed and able to design and prepare for implementation of coherent trade and investment related policies for inclusive development.

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