MPDD Seminar Series on
Productive Capacities in Asia and the Pacific
Economic Affairs Officer,
Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, UNESCAP
Thursday, 6 October 2011
MPDD Meeting Room
7th Floor Block B, Secretariat Building
For the countries to climb the rungs of the development ladder, they need to increase their productive capacity by diversifying their production towards more sophisticated products. Based on market forces alone, however, poorer countries may not diversify along the path that will bring them the highest possible future returns. Based on the results of the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey 2011, the presentation examines the patterns of diversification in the Asia-Pacific region and the evolution of productive capacities of its countries over the past 25 years, It shows that except from the region’s developed countries and emerging developing economies, the majority of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have productive capacities that are below the world’s average. It also, examines the experience of countries that were able to increase their productive capacity during that period, and shows that it has been very difficult for countries to improve their productive capacities when they start from lower levels. The presentation also discusses a pragmatic strategy and related policy agenda for increasing productive capacity by the coordinated efforts of the State and the private sector.
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.
You and your colleagues are cordially invited to the seminar and participate in the discussions.