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The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement: Promoting South-South Regional Integration and Sustainable Development

Looks at the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) in terms of framework on trade facilitation, accessing procedure, rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, major trading obstacles, roles of APTA to promote South-South trade, investment, technology and innovation. Examines South-South trade and investment linkages, such as tariff concession, intra-APTA trade, market access, agreement on liberal investment, foreign direct investment (FDI) trends and investment flows. Studies benefits ad potentials of accession to APTA by the Pacific Island Forum Countries (PIFCs), the Central Asia Republics, South and Southeast Asia, covering Marshall Islands and the Federal States of Micronesia and Palau, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Evaluates potentials of regional supply chain, trade in services, contribution of services to economies, energy security, free flow of goods and technological know-how. Depicts a roadmap for APTA in terms of intraregional exports, regional value chain, and comprehensive economic integration.