Closer regional trade and financial integration in Asia and the Pacific has huge benefits that drive economic growth and development.
As poorer countries become more integrated with the economies of their richer neighbours, they can move up the value chain and boost growth.
Asia and the Pacific is stronger and more resilient when it works collectively to address challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and financial shocks.
Intraregional trade linkages further strengthened across all subregions in Asia and the Pacific in 2020.
Dimensional contribution to the Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation and Integration Index
Trade and investment, better infrastructure and digitalization are boosting connectivity.
COVID-19 pandemic responses,
November 2021 (as % of GDP)
Health and income support had the biggest share of pandemic responses across Asia and the Pacific.