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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.

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Foreign direct investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a key source of both tangible and intangible assets for developing countries. It provides much-needed resources such as financing, technology and skills that are often lacking in developing countries. Although countries themselves are responsible for creating the conditions and generating the resources needed for sustainable and inclusive development, FDI has an important complementary role in this process. Despite its benefits, channeling FDI into productive industries remains a challenge for many developing countries.

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