Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015

Supporting Participation in Value Chains

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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.




The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) 2015 was prepared under the substantive direction and guidance of Susan F. Stone, Director, Trade and Investment Division (TID) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The core team of authors led by Mia Mikic, who was also the substantive editor, comprised TID staff (in alphabetical order) Maame Agyeben (chapter 4), Witada Anukoonwattaka (chapters 1, 2, 7 and 8), Yann Duval (chapter 4), Adam Heal (chapter 5), Soo Hyun Kim (chapter 3), Marc Proksch (chapter 3) and Rajan Sudesh Ratna (chapter 6), research assistants and consultants, Fiona Jing Huang, Aman Saggu, Marco Scagliusi, Ben Shepherd and Chorthip Utoktham who contributed towards chapters 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9.


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