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.



Perspectives from Subregions

The Asia-Pacific region is vast, varied and rich in development experiences. Some countries are very large and some very small in terms of size of population, economy and geography. The economies of some are growing at a high rate; those of others have barely started to gather speed while some even remain static. Some offer world-class physical and financial infrastructure and, driven by high productivity, have become manufacturing and trade hubs in the global economy. Yet, some are quite poor, relying primarily on agriculture or a few commodities, and possess less-than-adequate connectivity with the rest of the world.


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