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Asia and the Pacific: A story of transformation and resurgence - economic and social survey of Asia and the Pacific 1947-2014

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The UN-ESCAP (and its predecessor UN-ECAFE) has been ahead of the curve in shaping the ideas on economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region through its annual economic and social Survey. This publication aims to provide a first-hand account of what was happening during a period of unprecedented economic and social transformation. It contains a succinct narration of the countries’ reconstruction efforts and needs after the Second World War as well as their development aspirations and endeavours providing an analytical narrative of the transformation of the region infested with pervasive hunger and deprivation to the Asian miracle that lifted billions of human beings out of extreme poverty. It tells how the region from a periphery became the centre of gravity for the world economy. In short, it is an analytical story of the unfolding of the Asian drama.

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Economies in transition and countries with special needs

While the Asia-Pacific region hosts some of the most dynamic emerging economies in the world, it is also home to countries with special needs and economies in transition, as well as some post-conflict and fragile States. In addition to providing such economies with technical assistance to help them integrate with dynamic regional economies, ESCAP devotes special attention to such States in its annual Survey and provides in-depth analyses of the socioeconomic problems that these countries face, as well as policy options for their consideration. This chapter draws on Survey analysis in considering the challenges and policy options for economies in transition and countries with special needs.

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