Trade and Investment Agreements

Trade and investment agreements lower barriers to and boost trade and investment among the partners. Recent years have seen a rapid increase in the number of bilateral, regional and international trade and investment agreements. ESCAP helps countries negotiate agreements that promote inclusive growth and development. ESCAP is also the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) secretariat - the oldest preferential trade agreement between developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Agreements Database (APTIAD), maintained by ESCAP, provides a useful tool for policy-makers and researchers to monitor and analyze the development of trade agreements in the region.