More Trade Liberalization
- The 2017 report titled, ‘Channelling
Trade and Investment into Sustainable Development,’ provides analyses of trends
and policies by country and subregion. In addition, the report includes trade
and investment briefs on 16 countries. The briefs provide data and
interpretation of trends in goods and services trade, intraregional trade, FDI,
tariffs, trade costs, and trade agreements.
- Akhtar highlighted UN research
showing that the SDGs cannot be achieved through protectionist policies.
- On 30 October 2017, ESCAP Executive
Akhtar highlighted UN research showing that the SDGs cannot be achieved through
protectionist policies. She also called for targeted liberalization policies to
be “more inclusive,” and to be mindful of the social and environmental
dimensions of sustainable development. The ESCAP Committee on Trade and
Investment met during the week, with discussions addressing the promotion of
trade facilitation, paperless trade and electronic commerce for achieving the
SDGs, and ways to engage the business sector in achieving the SDGs, as well as
the respective roles of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network and the
Asia-Pacific Business Forum. The Asia Pacific Foreign Direct Investment Network
also convened, deliberating on regional cooperation mechanisms for harmonized
investment regimes for sustainable development, among other topics.
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