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The present document is based on the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013 (henceforth the Report), which is the main substantive document prepared for the third session of the Committee on Trade and Investment. The Report comprises two parts. In the first part, there is a focus on trends and developments in trade in merchandise and commercial services, foreign direct investment flows, performance in trade facilitation, and reliance on preferential policies and trade agreements from an Asia-Pacific perspective. The second part of the Report contains an analysis of various issues related to enhancing the contribution of trade and investment to inclusive development and thus ensuring job creation, poverty reduction and economic engagement of marginalized groups, including women. The drafting of the Report was heavily influenced by the central tenets of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “The future we want”, namely the promotion of “sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all”. The Report contains insights into the factors and circumstances that determine the inclusive impact of the various trade and investment policies and activities. The objectives of the Report are twofold, namely: (a) to gain better understanding of how trade, investment, trade facilitation and integration policies can support inclusive development and wherever possible to measure the progress of countries in this regard; and (b) to propose a mix of national policies and regional initiatives for Asia-Pacific economies to achieve inclusive development. By summarizing the most important findings of the Report, the present document also contains items for consideration by the Committee.

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