Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2012: Recent Trends and Developments
The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) is a recurrent publication prepared by the Trade and Investment Division. It aims to deepen understanding of regional trends and developments in trade and investment; emerging issues in trade, investment and trade facilitation policies; and impacts of these policies on countries’ abilities to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development. APTIR 2012 focuses on trends and developments in the economies of Asia and the Pacific in their post-recovery from the 2008-2009 crisis and trade collapse. The Report finds that after the initial promising signals of a recovery in 2010, exports from Asia and the Pacific are again facing a risk of deceleration. The intensified pressure in the euro zone and the rising threat from a slowdown in the emerging economies has raised the fear of a re-emergence or trade and investment contraction. The growth of goods exports in developing Asia and the Pacific countries, in real terms, is expected to drop from 6.5% in 2011 to 2% in 2012, while import growth is projected to fall from 9% to 3% during the same period. The Report comprises six chapters: 1. Trends and developments in merchandise trade, 2. Trends and developments in commercial services trade, 3. Foreign Direct Investment, 4. Trade Facilitation, 5. Dealing with protectionists pressures, and 6. Preferential trade policies and agreements. The Report also zooms-in and explores several topical issues, among others: trading waste, problems with economic diversification in South Asia, growth of royalties and license fees payments by the Asia-Pacific region, inclusion of international property rights (IPR) clauses and clauses on mobility of labour in preferential trade agreements, and companies’ difficulties to utilize negotiated preferences. The Report also includes Part II “Trade performance indicators” with a set of key indicators and up-to-date statistics on export and import growth, intraregional trade shares, growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and outflows, indicators of progress in trade facilitation, tariffs and trade covered by partners in preferential trade agreements. Moreover the website of the Report gives access to the trade fact sheets for 22 countries including recent and easy to read graphical presentation of statistics on merchandise and services trade, foreign direct investment, trade facilitation, and engagement in trade agreements.