Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report Launch at UN Trade and Investment Week

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will launch its annual Trade and Investment Report 2013 on Monday, 18 November, marking the first day of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week.

In keeping with this year’s report theme Promoting Inclusive Trade and Investment, the Trade and Investment Report 2013 focuses on current regional trends and discusses policies to ensure inclusive development outcomes from trade and investment.

The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week to be held in Bangkok from November 18-22, brings together government officials and other stakeholders biennially for discussions on issues of importance to trade and investment policy making in the region.

Drawing on the presence of senior policy makers from across the Asia-Pacific region, the week will host a number of engaging events related to trade and investment policy making, covering areas from trade facilitation and trade agreements, to sustainable agriculture, science and technology capacity building, and responsible business practices.

What: Launch of the Trade and Investment Report 2013

Who:
     Presenter:
Dr. Ravi Ratnayake, Director, Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP, Bangkok
     Commentators:
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath, Deputy Executive Director, ITD, Bangkok
Mr. Pisit Puapan, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangkok

When: Monday, 18 November 2013
     Trade & Investment Week Briefing: 11:00-11:30 hours
     Lunch: 11:30-12:30 hours
     Report Launch: 12:30 to 13:15 hours

Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Other highlights of Trade and Investment Week include:

- ESCAP-OECD Conference on Regional Cooperation in Advancing Responsible Business Practices, 18 November 2013
- High-level Dialogue on Reviving Multilateralism: Road to Bali and Beyond, 19 November 2013
- Global Trade Facilitation Conference, 18-19 November 2013
- Third session of the ESCAP Committee on Trade and Investment, 20-22 November 2013.

Please visit the event’s webpage at: http://www.unescap.org/events/tradeinvestweek/ for more information.

Lunch will be served from 11.30 to 12.30 in the UN Conference Center, Ground Floor Foyer. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Ms. Panjai Limchupong (limchupong@un.org) and copy (escap-scas@un.org).