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Trade and Poverty Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region: Case Studies and lessons from low-income communities

Edited by: Andrew Stoler, Jim Redden, Lee Ann Jackson

ISBN13: 9780521745307
Published: December 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.99

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This book explores the complex relationship between international trade and poverty reduction through a combination of research papers and contemporary case studies. Written mainly by developing-country authors in consultation with local businesses and communities, the case studies contribute to our understanding of the ways in which low-income communities are dealing with trade as a practical challenge, especially in the Asia-Pacific region where approximately two-thirds of the world’s poor live. While making it clear that there is no ‘one size fits all’ formula, the research and stories highlight a number of necessary preconditions, such as political commitment and cooperation at all levels, if trade is to successfully reduce poverty. Openness to trade, serious commitment to domestic reform, trade-related capacity building, a robust and responsible private sector and access to the markets of developed countries are all identified as powerful tools for building trade-related sustainable development.

  • Thematic chapters provide readers with conceptual trade and development framework for analysing specific cases
  • Diverse, in-depth cases provide readers with examples of real-world complexity and encourage the development of analytical skills
  • Perspectives from ‘grass roots’ communities are user-friendly case studies for teaching purposes and ease understanding by students

International Trade
Overview paper: The economic effects of trade on poverty reduction Euan MacMillan
Part I. Transnational Corporations, Trade and Poverty Reduction: Thematic paper: Transnational corporations and the global supply chain Andrew Stoler
Case studies:
1. Cambodia's textile and garment industry Peter Van Diermen
2. Australia's WTO trade policy changes & the future of a Samoan car parts investor Margaret B. Malua
3. The textile and clothing sector in Indonesia Omas Bulan Samosir
4. TNCs and the footwear industry - women in Jakarta Beta Yulianita G. Laksono
5. Pakistan: the arrival and departure of Nike Safdar Sohail
6. Vietnam - Intel and the electronics sector Andrew Stoler and Phan Van Sam
Part II. Trade in Agriculture and Poverty Reduction: Thematic paper: Agriculture and trade solutions for rural poverty Lee Ann Jackson
Case studies:
7. Food aid: commitments and oversight John Finn
8. Indigenous Nepalese and trade liberalisation Ojha Purushottam
9. Samoan agricultural policy - graduating from LDC status Hamish Smith and Lee Ann Jackson
10. Bali's ornamental fishing industry Lydia Napitupulu and Victoria Donaldson
11. The rice sector in West Java Milda Irhamni and Chaikal Nuryakin
12. Chinese agricultural policy - Central and Western Province Shunli Yao
Part III. Trade in Services and Poverty Reduction: Thematic paper: Future of trade in services for developing countries Joy Abrenica, Christopher Findlay and Aik Hoe Lim
Case studies:
13. ICT services in Uganda Siddhartha Prakash
14. Health services in Malaysia Aik Hoe Lim
15. Trade in services liberalisation in India Ajitava Raychaudhuri and Prabir De
16. Trade, aid and services in Tanzania Amanda Sunassee Lam
17. Telecommunications reform in the Pacific and the case of Vanuatu Chakriya Bowman
Part IV. Migration, Labour Mobility and Poverty Reduction: Thematic paper: Migration, labour mobility and poverty reduction Graeme Hugo
Case studies:
18. Migrant labour and remittances in Bangladesh Fhamida Khatun
19. Migrant remittances in the state of Kerala, India Saibal Kar
20. Migrant workers and the role of remittances in Indonesia Nur Wiyono and Dwini Handayani
21. Labour mobility and poverty reduction in Tonga Vaimoano Taukolo, Jim Redden and Raelyn Esau
Part V. Trade and Poverty Reduction in Small and Vulnerable Economies: Thematic paper: Trade strategies for poverty reduction in SVEs Jim Redden and Ron Duncan
Case studies:
22. Lombok pots Heather Baigent
23. Plantations to professors in Grenada Sacha Silva
24. Fisheries subsidies and the western and central Pacific Manleen Dugal
25. Trade and youth unemployment in East Timor Joao Saldanha and Jim Redden
26. Trade reform and poverty reduction in PNG Nolpi Kilwa
Future of the Fiji garment industry Biman Chand Prasad, Yenteshwar Ram and Ariel Marr.