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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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Realizing the vision of the founding fathers

Gunnar Myrdal, the first Executive Secretary to be appointed as the head of a regional commission, in this case, the Economic Commission for Europe, was a charismatic economist and global statesman. Myrdal through his books and official publications (see, for example, Myrdal, 1957), left his mark on the thinking about developing economies and the causes and consequences of inequality between nations and regions. He also made major contributions to the history of economic thought and to macroeconomic theory, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Economics. However, as Berthelot (2004, p. 2), one of the authors under the United Nations Intellectual History Project and a former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe, pointed out: “Most innovators stand on the shoulders of their (often forgotten) predecessors, and diligent scholars usually have little difficulty in historical precedents for even the most radical of ‘new’ ideas”.

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