The end of 2015 is the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Governments across Asia and the Pacific have been striving to meet the Goals, particularly on reducing income poverty. Some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others, but it is clear that the MDGs have prompted high levels of commitment and achievement.
The Working Paper Series on "Measuring Trade in Value Added: Concepts, Estimation and Analysis" aims to introduce the topic of Trade in Value Added (TiVA) and present the initial analysis of TiVA for selected regional ESCAP economies. The Paper introduces Global Value Chains (GVCs) and issues for the measurement of trade statistics due to the advent of GVCs. It further presents the TiVA estimation methodology, as defined in the literature, and talks about the data requirements for estimation.
Transformation for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific region identifies key issues that define the work of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and advocates for regional cooperation and action on core priorities for a future of shared and sustainable prosperity.
This year’s G20 summit will take place on 15-16 November 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. The Turkish presidency of the G20 laid out three priorities: strengthening the global recovery, enhancing resilience, and buttressing sustainability. To ensure inclusive and robust growth through collective action, the Turkish presidency suggested focusing on three I’s: inclusiveness, implementation, and investment for growth.
A total 36 economies in the Asia and Pacific region are classified as Countries with Special Needs. They are home to more than a quarter of the population of the developing countries in the region, excluding China and India, but they account for less than one tenth of the GDP of that group. The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2015 covers these countries in terms of their current social and economic status, how quickly they are progressing towards their agreed goals and aspirations, and their policy options to accelerate their progress.
This publication examines the impact of non-tariff measures (NTMs) on trade in the Asia-Pacific region. As tariffs on traded goods have fallen on average over recent years, non-tariff measures have emerged as one of the principal obstacles to trade. In recent years there has been a proliferation of new NTMs in Asia-Pacific economies, including in developing countries. This proliferation of NTMs may be disadvantageous for developing economies in general, and least developed countries in particular.
“Servicification” is most simply defined as an increased use of services in manufacturing processes. The impact of servicification on the competitiveness of the industrial sector has not been adequately addressed, especially in policy discussions, because of limited data availability. However, the OECD-WTO TiVA database now fills this gap for a selected number of economies. This brief provides information on the services content of industrial exports of these countries and offers some insights on the role of services in building trade competitiveness.
While the proposed goals and targets for the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been subject to political negotiations through several stages, the international statistical community was in March 2015 entrusted with developing a set of indicators for monitoring global progress towards 2030, and guided by a continued political oversight after the post-2015 inter-governmental negotiations come to an end this September.
Part II of the 2015 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (theme study for the 71st Commission Session) examines the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development as a concept and as a practical implementation principle.
The factsheet provides the core information about APTA at a glance. It presents brief explanation about the features, objectives, tariff concession exchange, institutional arrangements as well as the accession procedure of APTA in order to facilitate better understanding of APTA for the countries in this region.