The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report is an annual publication prepared by staff of the Trade and Investment Division as a full in-house publication. The Report replaces the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Review with its first issue in 2009. The Report will feature an annual analysis of trends and developments in trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region in Part I and a comprehensive analysis and discussion of issues around a common theme in Part II.
The Report, like its predecessor, is aimed at policy makers in or linked to the areas of trade and investment as well as practioners and experts, academia, business, international agencies and non-governmental organizations working or interested in issues related to trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Emerging issues and initiatives which may affect the development of trade and investment in the region are presented in an analytical but yet non-technical manner.
The theme of APTIR 2009 is: "trade-led recovery and beyond". This issue
analyses the impact of the global economic crisis on trade and investment flows in and
to the region and implications for trade policy. It provides a conceptual framework for trade policy which should contribute to achieving inclusive and sustainable development. It makes a case for the multilateral trading system as the prime international trade governance system and gives an overview of the latest developments in the Doha Round. This issue of the Report also calls for an expansion of intraregional trade and deeper regional integration for that purpose and discusses the role of regional trade agreements in that regard. The Report also emphasizes the role of trade facilitation and needs for trade finance and explores issues related to business survival and development in time of crisis and beyond, including the development of regional value chains and the need for business to adopt principles related to corporate social responsibility.