Enhancing Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific

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It is argued that to further the development and the deepening of regional economic cooperation and integration (RECI) in the Asia-Pacific region can offer solutions to emerging challenges, such as quelling protectionist tendencies, mitigating rising inequalities, and addressing environmental degradation. Through enhancing regional connectivity for energy, transport and information and communications technology (ICT), and promoting regional cooperation in trade, financing and shared vulnerabilities, RECI offers enormous potential in generating trade, growth and employment, improving social outcomes and managing environmental risks and shared vulnerabilities. This presents the possibility to develop RECI as a critical enabler of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.




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. Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary for Programmes, and Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development, provided valuable advice and comments. The report was coordinated by a core team under the direction of Hamza Ali Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, which included Shuvojit Banerjee, Alberto Isgut, Oliver Paddison, Jose Antonio Pedrosa Garcia, Gabriela Spaizmann, and Yusuke Tateno. Heather Taylor and Michael Williamson from the Office of the Executive Secretary provided key contributions. Rita Nangia was the lead consultant to ESCAP in preparing the study.


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