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.



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A research associate in the Division of International Trade and Integration at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) since 2014. He has worked on Latin America’s participation in business services value chains, the role of small firms in production networks between the region and Asia and the role of services in improving the sustainability of Chile’s wine sector. Prior to joining ECLAC, he conducted research at the Resource Centre for Conflict Analysis (CERAC) in Bogota, Colombia, worked for Responding to Conflict (RTC), a non-governmental organization in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and was employed in the private sector. He holds a master’s degree in international development from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, as well as an engineering degree.


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