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The common aim of ESCAP services in this category is to analyse policies and their effectiveness in creating a strong and diversified enterprise sector, especially SMEs, to strengthen the capacity of governments and private sector institutions to improve the investment climate, to increase the contribution of business to inclusive and sustainable development, and to promote enterprise capacity development through research and analytical studies, training courses, policy dialogues, expert group meetings and round-table discussions.


Masato Abe,
Private Sector and Development Section,
Trade and Investment Division,

Tel: +662 288 1483


Facilitating the effective integration of Asia-Pacific SMEs in the global value chains

The Secretariat has been active in facilitating the integration of SMEs in Asia and the Pacific into regional and global value chains by organizing expert group meetings and workshops which contribute to government-to-business interaction and the identification of common interest in developing a programme of action. The programme has been expanded to include countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). In addition, the United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery (UNAPCAEM) in Beijing has undertaken projects and networking activities with the purpose of strengthening rural SME development.

Increasing the contribution of business to sustainable development

Over the past few years, ESCAP has been working to promote and support more responsible business practices in the Asian and Pacific region, through the organization of regional conferences on CSR and capacity building of Global Compact country networks to enhance networks efforts to promote and facilitate implementation of CSR and Global Compact principles in their respective countries. The work has been implemented in consultation with the Global Compact Office and included the involvement of other specialized UN agencies which are members of the UN Global Compact Inter-agency Team in various events, as well as other partners, including OECD.


Marc Proksch, Chief,
Private Sector and 
Development Section,
Trade and Investment Division,

Tel: +662 288 1680


Foreign direct investment

The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) provides independent analysis of trends in trade and investment presents creative policy options and highlights future opportunities. This independent analytical work aims to assist government officials, business leaders and other relevant decision makers and stakeholders involved in policies affecting trade in goods and services and flows of capital and labour. APTIR 2011 included analyses of climate-smart trade and investment opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the complexities of the current debate on trade and climate change, and identifying win-win opportunities for developing countries in the region. It is accompanied with the online dataset of trade, investment and trade facilitation performance indicators featured in tables or maps.

To support country efforts in promoting FDI, the Secretariat has also initiated the establishment of a regional network of FDI policymakers in least developed and landlocked developing countries in the Asian and Pacific region. The network has met once a year and has discussed FDI promotion issues and identified capacity building needs. Technical advisory services have been requested and delivered to network members, including a proposed FDI strategy plan for Mongolia, developed in 2011 at the request of the Government of Mongolia.

Finally, as secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), the Secretariat is also providing support to the negotiation process of annexes to the framework agreement on investment of APTA.

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Satyabrata Sahu
Asian andPacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)

Tel: +91 11 3097 3756


Technology transfer and promotion of national innovation systems

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) is a subsidiary body of ESCAP located in New Delhi, India. The Centre works to strengthen capabilities of member countries to develop and manage national innovation systems; develop, transfer, adapt and apply technology; improve the terms of transfer of technology; and identify and promote the development and transfer of technologies relevant to the region. In accordance with its mandate, APCTT’s strategic interventions include the following:

  • Promoting knowledge sharing through ICT-based networks, advisory services, capacity building programmes, and by working with key national institutions and technology transfer intermediaries of member countries to upgrade the technology transfer capacity and competitiveness of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs);
  • Fostering cross-border technology-based cooperation among SMEs and business intermediaries in emerging technologies such as renewable energy technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology;
  • Assisting governments to build national capacity to develop policy frameworks and institutions that enable business and industry, research and development institutions, and universities to foster technology-based inclusive development and social entrepreneurship.
  • Partnering with national institutions to build technology transfer and innovation management capacity of policy-makers, SMEs, research and development institutions, technology transfer intermediaries and other stakeholders, through national and regional workshops, seminars, and forums.
  • Disseminating information on technology innovations and developments, trends, markets, and opportunities in selected areas of importance to member countries through web-based publications, and providing studies on technology transfer and innovation management that can be used as resource material for policy dialogue and training.

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