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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013

Turning the Tide - Towards Inclusive Trade and Investment

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The main message of the Report is that the region's dominant export-led growth model should not be abandoned but does need some adjustment. While regional economies have largely succeeded in achieving sustained economic growth, additional policies are required to spread the benefits of that growth more fairly: to reduce poverty, limit rises in inequality, widen access to productive opportunities and bring excluded groups in from the margins. It is not enough simply to hope that rising wealth will eventually work for the benefit of all. The era of trade and invest now, distribute gains later has thus come to its end; we need to promote inclusive trade and investment.

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Inclusive trade and investment: Impacts at the country, sectoral and community levels

To enrich this report, a number of country and sectoral studies have been conducted. The studies, which are presented below, along with some examples taken from the existing literature, illustrate challenges at the country or sectoral level that are not covered in the econometric work, but are important in providing a comprehensive understanding of who benefits from trade, investment, trade facilitation and other related policies in Asia and the Pacific and why.

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