The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Philippines` think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) have recently launched the country`s 2011 trade and investment report which forms part of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR), an annual publication of the UN ESCAP. This year`s report particularly explores the country`s post-crisis trade and investment opportunities.

According to the report, the country`s trade picked up in 2010 with 26 percent in exports and 21 percent in imports. This made the country`s trade increase to 17.3 percent which is significantly higher than the Asia Pacific region`s average trade growth of 15.8 percent. The report further projects that the whole region is expected to return to historical trade growth rate of 10 percent in 2011.

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