Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2012

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.




APTIR 2012 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 Mia Mikic, comprised Witada Anukoonwattaka, Yann Duval, Heini Salonen, Rajan Ratna and Tengfei Wang of TID. Martin Wermelinger contributed substantive inputs to most chapters, and Martina Ferracane was the key contributor to chapter five. The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) research assistants and TID interns Mariella Amemiya, Emanuela Furfaro, Jing Huang, Teemu Puutio, Ryung Shim, McKenzie Strobach and Santa Vigante contributed through the compilation and tabulation of statistical data and preparation of figures. The team of research assistants, with Rajan Ratna, also prepared Asia-Pacific Country Trade Briefs available on the APTIR website. Eric Hermouet of the ESCAP Statistics Division and Panjai Limchupong of TID collaborated on the preparation of trade performance indicators tables in Part II of APTIR 2012.


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