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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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Foreign direct investment: On the way to recovery

FDI has been an important contributor to growth in many Asia-Pacific economies, providing access to markets and technologies as well as constituting an important external source of financing. The establishment of global value chains (GVCs), which are typically led by transnational corporations (TNCs), was obviously one of the reasons for the booming inflows of FDI into Asia and the Pacific for the last two decades (ESCAP, 2009b).

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