The present Survey is the twenty-third in a series of reports prepared annually by the secretariat of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East. A major object of these Surveys, and of the quarterly Economic Bulletin, is the analysis of recent economic developments in the countries of Asia and the Far East, and of international developments that affect them. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of economic policy and of policy issues.
Since 1957 it has been the practice in the annual ECAFE Survey to examine specific problems concerning the economies of the region in order to study long-term trends and their implications for national policies. In Part One, the present Survey contains two such studies: the first of strategies for agriculture and the second of intra-regional trade. Part Two contains a review of economic developments in the ECAFE region in recent years, 1968 and 1969 in particular, on the basis of information available to the secretariat at the time of completion of the Survey (March 1970).
The Survey is published on the sole responsibility of the secretariat; the views expressed should not be attributed to the Commission or to Governments of member countries.