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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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Foreign direct investment trends and developments

Following what seemed to be a swift recovery from the global financial crisis in 2010-2011, global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows have again taken a downward turn. As the world economic recovery continues to be uncertain and fragile, global FDI inflows have declined by 18%, from $1.65 trillion in 2011 to $1.35 trillion in 2012.

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