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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011

Post-Crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities

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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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Executive summary

Export recovery has led Asia and the Pacific out of the global financial crisis, allowing the region to emerge as an important stabilizing force and an engine of global economic growth. However, it is challenging for Asian economies to maintain the growth momentum, given that the traditional developed economies of the Group of Three (G3: the European Union, Japan and the United States) will all face economic slowdown in the medium-to-long term. The developing economies of Asia and the Pacific, normally the champions of export-led growth, may see their export growth almost halved, to 9% in 2011 from 17.3% in 2010.

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