From time to time, the APEC Policy Support Unit releases several publications on trade and investment trends in the region. These publications can be helpful for SMEs to chart their strategy in venturing into new international markets by understanding the dynamics of the economic development in APEC.
The following are the latest APEC publication released
These are the reports/publications the PSU just published. For your reference please.
1. Assessment of the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy
The report discusses the nature of the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy endorsed in 2010. It also discusses the challenges involved in assessing the progress; existing links between this strategy and other APEC initiatives; and the work reported by APEC committees and sub-fora relating to the implementation of this strategy. The report includes specific sections on the five growth attributes identified in the Growth Strategy, namely: i) balanced; ii) inclusive; iii) sustainable (green); iv) innovative; and v) secure growth.
Trade, Investment & Economic Trends
2. APEC Economic Trends Analysis - Growth Softens as Challenges Intensify
Key messages from this issue:
• Growth is expected to soften in 2015 and recover in 2016.
• Growth prospects during the period 2015-2016 will be determined by three major factors: i) persistence of the downward trend of oil and non-oil commodity prices; ii) strength of China’s economy and stability of its markets; and
iii) normalization of US monetary policy and its attendant risks.
• Softening of growth prospects as challenges intensify require a concerted response. In 2015 and beyond, as economies rebalance economic growth towards strengthening domestic demand, they will need to consider implementing an appropriate mix of monetary and fiscal policies together with structural reforms to raise productivity and strengthen private consumption.
3. Key Trends and Developments Relating to Trade and Investment Measures and their Impact on the APEC Region - Trade, Inclusive Growth, and the Role of Policy
This report was presented at the recent APEC Ministerial Meeting in Manila. The first section discusses the linkages between trade performance and inclusive growth and examines the role of policy to promote inclusive growth. The second section reports trade and investment trends in the APEC region covering 2014 to the first half of 2015, and lists recent trade and investment policies implemented by members.
4. APEC’s Bogor Goals Dashboard 2015
The PSU compiled this dashboard using indicators gathered from respectable public sources for the period 2008-2014. The purpose is to provide easy-to-understand figures to track the advances in areas critical to promoting greater regional economic integration. The intention is to display a set of harmonized indicators laying out the evolution across time of certain aspects of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation in quantitative terms, and to complement the Bogor Goals Progress Reports as part of the assessment to determine APEC’s progress towards these goals.
5. APEC in Charts 2015
An annual publication of the PSU, it depicts the region’s economic, trade, investment and policy-related performance through the use of charts.
Services, Global Value Chains and Supply Chain Finance
6. Report on APEC Work on Services and Baseline Indicators
This report evaluates APEC’s work on services and proposes baseline measures and relevant indicators for services trade in the region. It is prepared to support the development of the APEC Services Cooperation Framework, a new initiative on services which APEC Leaders just endorsed in Manila. A database of baseline indicators and measures collected by the PSU is also appended.
7. Services in Global Value Chains: Manufacturing-Related Services
The objective of the study is to collect firm-specific insights on the contribution of manufacturing related services in their supply/value chain operations using a case-study approach. It also analyzes how government policies affecting the production and trade of services – such as investment and investment-related policies, taxes and regulations – can have a significant implications on firm’s configuration, operation and location of value chains. During the study, case studies involving 22 firms based in 12 APEC economies were compiled. They cover different sectors ranging from automotive components and mining equipment to electrical appliances and watch. The summary report can be found in Chapter 1 while the individual case studies can be found in Chapter 2 to 21.
8. Guidebook on Trade and Supply Chain Finance
The Guidebook describes typical supply chains and which stages need financing and how they are financed. It discusses risks in the supply chains and various mitigation mechanisms whose availability and use depend on the presence of proper regulatory and legal infrastructures as well as the confidence of the market in them. The Guidebook also talks about financial instruments such as warehouse receipts financing, invoice finance, receivables finance, factoring, and forfaiting. Case studies of what had gone wrong in particular actual transactions are presented as examples and provide important insights on regulatory or institutional deficits that need to be bridged.
Regulatory Reform and SMEs
9. Assessing the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR) and Advancing the APEC Structural Reform Agenda Beyond 2015
This report reviews the progress of ANSSR. It begins with a discussion of the drivers of growth, according to the framework of the debate on middle income trap. This is followed by the outcome of review of the information provided by economies in the ANSSR 2015 templates, a commentary on capacity building, and some notes on the manner of reporting of projects. The final section contains a series of suggestions for consideration in the design of the next phase of the APEC structural reform agenda.
10. Regulatory Reform: Case Studies on Improving the Business Environment for Small and Medium Enterprises
Through the use of case studies, this report draws lessons and suggests policy recommendations based on previous experiences related to the implementation of regulatory reforms to improve the business environment for SMEs. The four case studies focus on: (1) dedicated agencies to assist SMEs with growth, development, compliance and internationalization; (2) agencies and institutions that specialize in supporting SME finance; (3) regulatory tiering; and (4) SME-friendly Regulatory Impact Assessments.
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