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Release of the United Nations 2011 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific

27.04.2011

Release of the United Nations 2011 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific

The publication of the UNESCAP titled "Sustaining Dynamism and Inclusive Development: Connectivity in the Region and Productive Capacity in Least Developed Countries" will be launched in 28 countries on 5 May 2011.

The dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region was a major factor driving the global economic recovery in 2010, with the developing economies of Asia and the Pacific increasing their rate of growth in gross domestic product from 4.7 per cent in 2009 to an impressive 8.8 per cent. Welcome as this performance has been, the region continues to face serious challenges, as rising prices of food and energy, along with unemployment rates.

The Economic and Social survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 (the Survey) explores ways the region can sustain dynamism in the medium term, and in this context highlights the importance of greater connectivity in infrastructure and transport, and of more investment in the region's human resources. It also stresses the need to boost domestic and regional sources of demand, as well as to expand and diversify the productive capacity of the least developed countries.

The Survey - flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - offers specific and innovative economic and social policy recommendations to governments of Asia and the Pacific to create a stronger and more sustainable economy for the region.

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