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.




Inclusive and sustainable economic growth is essential for the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Robust and consistent economic performance is also necessary to implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on development financing and the Paris Agreement on climate change. In Asia and the Pacific, however, the pace of economic expansion has decelerated significantly in recent years. Reviving sustainable economic growth in this, the most populous region of the world, is vital to keeping the promises of these three transformative and universal new global agreements.


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