Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015
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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015

Supporting Participation in Value Chains

Part I of this report assesses trends and developments in regional trade and investment flows and policies in an attempt to provide the insights and information necessary to separate the cyclical from the structural aspects. Part II analyses the participation of Asia-Pacific economies in global and regional value chains. By observing how economies at different levels of development have integrated into supply chains at different speeds and to varying extents, we can cast light on those policies that influence and shape value chain participation, and hence influence future patterns of trade and investment. The particular features of participation in value chains also have an impact on the ability of countries to access foreign technology and build innovative capacity, which in turn influences structural change and future development options.
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Recent global events, such as the successful conclusions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) negotiations (December 2013), the fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade on the theme of reducing trade costs, and the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (both in July 2015), have brought trade facilitation into sharp focus. It is clear that the WTO TFA implementation will become the new baseline for trade facilitation as a means of reducing trade costs as well as maintaining trade and investment competitiveness.