Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016

Nurturing Productivity for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

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The Survey 2016 assesses the region’s outlook as it navigates through global uncertainties, providing policy options and strategies to support countries in striving towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The report analyses a wide range of areas including economic growth, inflation, trade and investment, financial markets, inequality, employment, and environmental concerns. The special theme of Survey 2016 highlights how both economic growth and productivity growth have declined in the aftermath of the 2008 economic and financial crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. In doing so, the report examines underlying trends of productivity growth and argues that the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development provides an entry point to strengthen productivity as investing in the SDGs can foster productivity growth, thereby creating a virtuous cycle between sustainable development, productivity and development.




This report was prepared under the overall direction and guidance of Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary, provided valuable advice and comments. The report was coordinated by a core team under the direction of Aynul Hasan, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division. The core team led by Hamza Ali Malik, included Shuvojit Banerjee, Steve Loris Gui-Diby, Achara Jantarasaengaram, Daniel Jeongdae Lee, Oliver Paddison, Kiatkanid Pongpanich and Vatcharin Sirimaneetham. Others who contributed from the Division were Alper Aras, Sudip Ranjan Basu, Alberto Isgut, Zheng Jian, Naylin Oo, Yusuke Tateno and Heather Taylor.


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