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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2010

Recent Trends and Developments

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This report identifies the challenges and opportunities for trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region concluding that with the right policies and strengthened regional cooperation, the region will be able to continue strong trade and investment-led growth. With the continued stalling of the international Doha Round of negotiations, regional trade agreements remain an important approach to controlling protectionism. A fresh look at the rules under these agreements is recommended. The report emphasizes that governments need to step up efforts to improve the environment for business and investment.

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Acknowledgements

APTIR 2010 was prepared under the substantive direction and guidance of Ravi Ratnayake, Director, Trade and Investment Division (TID) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The core team of authors, led by Marc Proksch and Mia Mikic, consisted of Yann Duval, Masato Abe and Marit Nilses of TID. Martin Wermelinger provided valuable inputs to section F, while the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) research assistants Ioulia Felton, Lei Li, Deanna Morris, Jon H. Rosseland, Pauline Rueckerl, Chorthip Utoktham and Andre Wirjo contributed through compilation and tabulation of statistical data. Soumyananda Dinda prepared Asia-Pacific Country Trade Briefs available on the APTIR website. Eric Hermouet of the Statistics Division of ESCAP provided data and assisted with the calculation of indicators for the annex tables finalized by Panjai Limchupong of TID.

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