Global Value-Chains and Connectivity in Developing Asia - with Application to the Central and West Asian Region

Publication | November 2014

Regional and global value chains are continuously evolving. The 21st century world economy is characterized by global value chains along which tasks are broken down and produced in different countries.

Central and West Asia remain largely untouched by the phenomenon, because their economies are characterized by high costs of doing business and of crossing international borders. This paper analyzes why some Asian economies have flourished by participating in global value chains, and what the Central and West Asian countries need to do to take advantage of such opportunities.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • The Evolution of Asian GVCs
  • Measuring Trade Costs
  • Connectivity and GVCs
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Industry and trade
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • WPS146976-2

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