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.



A way forward

Trade and investment have been major drivers of growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The region’s dependence on trade increased consistently from the 1970s until the global financial crisis in 2008-2009. Developing countries within the Asia-Pacific region – Asian tigers, dragons and lions – have been most successful in leveraging trade and investment and creating economic growth. This is in large part due to their more liberal trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) policies enabling their early integration into global value chains.


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