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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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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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