MPDD Seminar Series on "Strategies for Structural Transformation in Countries in South and South-West Asia" by Clovis Freire, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, UNESCAP

Date: 
6 Sep 2013
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

MPDD Working Paper "Strategies for Structural Transformation in Countries in South and South-West Asia" approaches inclusive development in South and South-West Asia through the framework of structural transformation and productive capacities. It discusses the opportunities for these countries to build their productive capacities through product diversification and presents a list of potential new products and export markets that could be targeted by government and private sector for achieving higher long-term gains. The paper also discusses country-specific strategies that combine laissez-faire and strategic diversification approaches to facilitate the emergence of new economic activities that are more likely to increase the productive capacities in the country.

Clovis Freire is Economic Affairs Officer at the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of ESCAP. He is the main author of the chapter on productive capacities of LDCs of the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011. His research interests covers the assessment of impact of economic shocks on poverty and the achievement of the MDGs, risk of social and economic impact of disasters, and strategies for building the productive capacity of developing countries.