Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2017

Channelling Trade and Investment into Sustainable Development

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This report aims to deepen understanding of trends and developments in trade, investment and regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region; emerging issues in trade, investment and trade facilitation policies, and impacts of these policies on countries' abilities to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development. It offers innovative policy options to meet the challenges of achieving sustainable trade and investment. It contains separate country and subregional country briefs. Part I delves into recent trends and developments pertaining to trade in merchandise and commercial services, and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows. Part II analyses how trade and investment are interlinked and can be channeled into sustainable development.



Foreign direct investment: Linkages to trade, growth and sustainable development

Over the past 25 years, the world has witnessed an unprecedented wave of globalization, including a proliferation of deeper regional trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties. The Asia-Pacific region has played a leading role in promoting regional economic integration focused on trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). While the impact of trade liberalization on development has been studied extensively, the impact of FDI is less understood. Indeed, despite the significant efforts to liberalize trade and promote FDI in the Asia-Pacific region, and the visible positive economic outcomes of these efforts, there is relatively little quantitative research on the relationship between FDI, international trade and growth.


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