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          Asia -pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015, Supporting Participation in Value Chains
          Report by ESCAP, 2015, 211 pages
          Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Investment, Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

          The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015 published by the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific analyzes trends and developments in intra- and inter-regional trade in goods and services; foreign direct investment; trade facilitation measures; trade policy measures; and preferential trade policies and agreements in the region.

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          Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015: Supporting Participation in Value Chains - Executive Summary (English)
          Also available in Russian, Chinese
          Summary by ESCAP, 2015, 26 pages
          Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Investment, Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

          The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015 published by the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific analyzes trends and developments in intra- and inter-regional trade in goods and services; foreign direct investment; trade facilitation measures; trade policy measures; and preferential trade policies and agreements in the region.

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          Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010: Sustaining Recovery and Dynamism for Inclusive Development (English)
          Report by ESCAP, 2010, 252 pages
          Categories: Macroeconomic Policy, Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

          The Asia-Pacific region leads the process of recovery from the global financial and economic crisis and emerges as a focus of global growth and stability. However, the recovery of the world economy at large remains fragile. This poses risks for sustained recovery in Asia as well, given its export dependence. A more balanced recovery is needed and this will require more globally concerted policy efforts. In this regard, the 2010 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenging policy landscape and offers recommendations for the way forward. In the aftermath of the crisis, we see clear momentum for regional economic cooperation.

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          Euro Zone Debt Crisis: Scenario Analysis and Implications for Developing Asia-pacific (English)
          Working paper by ESCAP, 2012, 31 pages
          Categories: International Economic Law, Macroeconomic Policy, Trade and Poverty

          The ongoing euro zone debt crisis creates an undesirable scenario for the global economy as well as for the Asia-Pacific region given that the region has close economic linkages. The paper aims to provide quantitative estimates of the potential impact of the euro zone debt crisis on merchandise exports as well as on economic growth and poverty reduction efforts in the region. The results indicate that a one-percentage-point fall of output growth of the euro zone would result in a total export loss of $166 billion. In addition, the protectionist threats could further increase the loss in exports by $27 billion. On social development, the disorderly euro zone debt crisis scenario would prevent 8.19 million people to get out of poverty and another 1.15 million would be pushed back into poverty as per the $1.25-a-day poverty line. The paper illustrates that macroeconomic policy space appears adequate in most economies that tend to be more heavily affected by the euro zone debt crisis. But strong inflationary pressures and less favourable public debt conditions could prevent some economies from implementing swift and forceful macroeconomic policy responses.

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          Financing an Inclusive and Green Future: A Supportive Financial System and Green Growth for Achieving the Mdgs in Asia and the Pacific (English)
          Report by ESCAP, 2010, 132 pages
          Categories: Competitiveness, Finance for Development, Globalization and Development Strategies

          The report focuses first on the Millennium Development Goals, warning that the region is off track on many crucial indicators, including child and maternal mortality. But it also shows that the Goals are still within reach, given sufficient determination and financial resources. Just as important, it identifies potential sources for those funds – at the national, regional and international levels including changing spending priorities. It also looks further ahead, showing how Asia and the Pacific can take the lead in developing a new financial architecture that will best support the Millennium Development Goals.

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          Growing Together - Economic Integration for an Exclusive and Sustainable Asia-pacific Century (English)
          Book by ESCAP, 2012, 196 pages
          Categories: Emerging Economies and South South Cooperation, Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

          The Asia-Pacific region’s rapid growth since the 1950s has been supported by a favourable external economic environment and opportunities arising from globalization. But in a dramatically altered post-global financial crisis scenario, the region’s dynamism, which is crucial for the elimination of poverty and hunger and the realization of the Asia-Pacific century, will critically depend on its ability to harness the potential of regional economic integration. Chapter one of the study gives an overview of the key issues in the context of regional economic integration in Asia and the Pacific. The following chapters deal with the process of a broader integrated market. Chapter three looks therefore at the aspect of connectivity, while chapter four is focussing on the financial cooperation aspect. The final chapter concludes with looking at the future - towards an inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific century.

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          India: A New Player in Asian Production Networks (English)
          Case study by ESCAP, 2011, 181 pages
          Categories: Investment

          While the IPN phenomenon has accelerated trade and investment linkages between countries in East and South-East Asia, the remainder of the region has not matched those countries in this process. The objective of the study is to explore the reasons for this by using India's performance in the Asian IPNs as a case study for other countries that are trailing behind in this area. The study seeks to identify the reason why India has performed below its potential in this new form of international division of labour, even though that country possess several supportive factors including: (a) the sheer size of the economy and population; (b) a large pool of engineers; (c) relatively sound intellectual property protection; and (d) an increasingly open trade and investment climate resulting from progressive economic reforms.

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