A Decade of Building Regional Co-operation in Trade and Investment

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ESCAP focuses on a number of areas of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. One of these is trade and investment – a vital engine for growth and integration. Recent decades have seen an enormous expansion in trade and investment flows in the Asia-Pacific region. Regional economies are increasingly part of global value chains. This has helped foster the economic dynamism that has lifted many from poverty and spread prosperity more widely. At the same time, however, too many individuals and communities remain excluded from the benefits of trade and investment. The objective of ESCAP’s Trade and Investment Division is to promote trade, investment and transfer of technology for inclusive and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. This includes strengthening regional co-operation which can facilitate growth in trade and investment flows by building openness and transparency in trade and investment. We work with members to ensure that the benefits of trade and investment are extended to all countries, communities, and individuals.This booklet reviews the key contributions of Trade and Investment Division to fostering regional co-operation over the past decade by examining the achievements of our primary cooperation platforms and mechanisms. The booklet is issued as a background document for the third session of the Committee on Trade and Investment.
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