Rising Concentration in Asia-Latin American Value Chains

Can Small Firms Turn the Tide?

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Dynamic Asia has overtaken the European Union as Latin America and the Caribbean's second largest export market, after the United States. However, the region's exports to Asia remain concentrated in few commodities involved a small number of large firms. This book explores the present and future scope for the participation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in biregional trade and value chains and the measures that can be taken to make those chains more inclusive and sustainable. It encourages governments in Latin America to improve the business environment in order to encourage multinational firms to invest, upgrade and innovate in the region.



Trade and investment between Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean

The rise of Asia and the Pacific over the last decade has changed the trade and investment landscape of Latin America and the Caribbean. This chapter looks at the main shifts in the region’s trading partners, recent free trade agreements and the composition of trade with Asia and the Pacific (referred to as Asia below). It also describes the flows of foreign direct investment to and from Asia and makes some recommendations on the way forward to improve these relations.


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