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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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Evolving development paradigm

In view of the political, economic and social turmoil in which ECAFE was born, it would be natural to expect that the first consideration of all the developing countries in the region would be to bring back a semblance of stability but on the basis of a very different platform on which that stability was to be based. The Asian member countries of ECAFE were determined to head towards the goal of a long-term improvement in the standard of living of their people, although the strength of that determination differed from country to country. ECAFE acted partly in a promotional role by articulating the concrete correlatives of that vision of progress and tried actively to sketch out the possibilities and the difficulties in realizing that goal.

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