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.



Trends and developments in merchandise trade

After a sound recovery in 2010, exports from Asia and the Pacific are again experiencing risks of deceleration. Export growth is now below the pre-crisis level. The export growth of the developing Asia-Pacific region dropped from about 32% in 2010 to 13% in 2011; however, if China’s exports are excluded, the growth rate was only 9% (figure 1.1). The pattern for imports is similar, with growth dropping from 35% to 18% during the same period, and to 14% if China’s imports are excluded.


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