Asia-pacific trade and investment report 2014

Recent Trends and Developments

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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) is a major annual publication of the Trade and Investment Division of United Nations ESCAP. It provides information on and independent analyses of trends and developments in: (a) intra- and inter-regional trade in goods and services; (b) foreign direct investment; (c) trade facilitation measures; (d) trade policy measures; and (e) preferential trade policies and agreements. It provides insights into the impacts of these recent and emerging developments on countries’ abilities to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development. It identifies and studies emerging issues in all these areas and offers innovative policy options towards building capacities of governments in the region to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development. APTIR 2014 shows that, while the Asia-Pacific region remains the most dynamic pole of the global economy, growth in trade and investment has yet to return to pre-crisis levels. The Report is aimed at policymakers as well as practitioners and experts, academia, business, international agencies and non-governmental organizations working or interested in these issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It comes with separate country and subregional country briefs.




The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) 2014 was prepared under the substantive direction and guidance of Ravi Ratnayake, Director, Trade and Investment Division (TID) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The core team of authors led by Mia Mikic, comprised TID staff (in alphabetical order) Witada Anukoonwattaka, Yann Duval, Adam Heal, Soo Hyun Kim, Rajan Ratna, Khan Salehin, Heini Salonen and Tengfei Wang. Many research assistants from the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) as well as ESCAP interns contributed to the report through: the compilation and tabulation of statistical data; the preparation of country and subregional trade briefs; and undertaking background research and referencing. These were (also in alphabetical order): Maria B. Borda, Panit Buranawijarn, Yisi Chen, Romain Galgani, Daniela García Santibáñez, Alin Horj, Fiona Jing Huang, Benjamin Jourdan, Diana Lee, Teodora Mladenovic, Giovanni Palmioli, Maria Romera, Chorthip Utoktham and Pei Zhao. Several interns and ARTNeT associated researchers assisted ESCAP with the translation of country and subregional trade briefs into national languages for easier and more effective dissemination. These were Sven Callebaut, Mi Jin Choi, Phouphet Kyophilavong, Yuyuan Li, Dionisius Narjoko, Puspa Sharma, Angel Versetti, Enkhbold Voroshilov, Vu Hoang Dat and Mohammad Yunus. Eric Hermouet and Krisana Boonpriroje of the ESCAP Statistics Division and Panjai Limchupong of TID collaborated on the preparation of the trade performance indicator tables available from the ESCAP online statistical database.


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