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    Jan
    2013

    Free Trade Agreements (FTA) in Asia and the Pacific

    Free trade agreements (FTAs) in Asia and the Pacific have proliferated in the past decade. The number of FTAs involving at least one country in the region has grown almost four-fold from 70 in 2002 to 257 in January 2013.

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    Dec
    2012

    Services Trade in Asia

    Trade in services is an important part of the Asian trade network. The value of trade in services grew from $636 billion in 2000 to $2.1 trillion in 2011, or an average growth of 11% per year.

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    Dec
    2012

    Emerging East Asia’s Economic Outlook for 2013

    Despite some improvements, the global economy will remain weak in 2013. Despite the steady growth of employment and rebound in consumer confidence and house prices, the US economic recovery will remain mild. In Europe, economic stagnation and financial volatility are continuing with high unemployment rate and urgent need of structural reforms. The growth of global trade volumes has remained sluggish. And commodity prices could also surprise on the upside and disturb the muted inflationary pressures in advanced economies.

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    Aug
    2012

    Logistics Services in Developing Asia

    Efficient logistics services are vital to boost Developing Asia’s comparative advantage as a global manufacturing hub. Over the last five years, the region’s logistics performance, as measured by the Logistics Performance Index (LPI), improved at an annual average rate of 1.3%.

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    Jun
    2012

    Progress in regional integration across Asia and the Pacific (2008-2011)

    Integration can be assessed in at least four major dimensions: (i) production networks and trade; (ii) capital markets; (iii) macroeconomic links; and (iv) transmigration. Over the past 4 years, all except migration have shown improvement.

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    Apr
    2012

    How can Asia maximize benefits from FTAs?

    In the absence of a comprehensive World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round, free trade agreements (FTAs) have been proliferating worldwide. In Asia, the number of FTAs in effect has increased from 25 in 2000 to 99 as of January 2012. While FTAs draw economies closer and allow regional production networks to expand, they also carry costs. One is discrimination against nonmembers—which could lead to welfare losses from trade diversion.

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    Feb
    2012

    FTA initiatives of Asia and the Pacific now total 250

    Free trade agreements (FTAs) of Asia and the Pacific—both within and outside the region—continue to increase. From just 53 in 2000, there were 250 FTA initiatives as of January 2012.

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    Dec
    2011

    Intermediate goods dominate intraregional trade in developing Asia

    The increase in intraregional trade largely derives from intermediate goods—which have accounted for about 70% of intraregional exports over the past decade. Intraregional exports of final goods have increased, albeit only slightly, reaching nearly 13% in 2010 from around 10% in 2000.

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    Sep
    2011

    Southeast Asia drives growth in intraregional trade in Asia

    The previous issue of the RCI Digest said that, while the share of intraregional trade in developing Asia reached a historic high of 47.3% in 2010, intraregional trade within its various subregions actually fell in 2010 compared with 2005.

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    Jul
    2011

    Intraregional trade in Asia reaches historical high

    The share of intraregional trade to total trade in developing Asia expanded significantly to 47.3% in 2010 from 41.1% in 2000 (and 33.0% in 1990). During this period, East Asia showed the largest increase, followed by Southeast Asia.

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