Asia Regional Integration Center

Tracking Asian Integration

Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: Thinking Forward About Trade Costs and the Digital Economy

July 2015

Aid for Trade (AfT) flows have increased each year since 2006 in the region. And while regional aggregate trade costs continue to fall, many subregions continue to struggle with trade costs that are substantially higher than the global average.

RCI Chat July-August 2015

Aug 2015

Grab a copy of July-August 2015 issue of RCI Chat! RCI Chat tracks regional cooperation and integration news in Asia focusing on cross-border infrastructure, trade and investment, money and finance, and regional public good

Declining growth of output per worker in Asia: so what and what now?

Jul 2015

Since the early 2000s, labor productivity growth, or the growth of output per worker (measured by GDP divided by employment), has been declining in most economies in Asia. Reducing the number of poor people typically requires a satisfactory rate of growth of the economic pie and has to be accompanied by rising incomes. So falling productivity may also jeopardize the efforts of governments to reduce poverty.

Calendar

28 Aug 2015

  • TAP  GDP
  • UKG  GDP
  • JPN  Retail Sales
  • JPN  Unemployment
  • PRC  Leading Index
  • EA  Business Confidence
  • EA  Consumer Confidence
  • EA  Economic Confidence
  • GER  CPI
  • JPN  CPI
  • UKG  Consumer Confidence
  • US  Consumer Confidence

31 Aug 2015

  • IND  GDP
  • FRA  PPI
  • FRA  PPI
  • HKG  Retail Sales
  • JPN  Housing Starts
  • JPN  IPI
  • KOR  IPI
  • THA  Business Confidence
  • THA  Current Account
  • THA  Exports
  • THA  Imports
  • THA  Trade Balance
  • SRI  CPI
  • US  PMI
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Daily Market Watch

Currency Per US$      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
Euro 0.89 -0.60
Japanese yen 121.03 -0.92
Bangladeshi taka 77.78 0.00
  • 1 27 Aug 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Depreciation(-) Appreciation (+)
  • Source: Datastream
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Stock Indices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
US Dow Jones Ind Avg 16,654.77 2.27
US Nasdaq 4,812.71 2.45
US S&P 500 1,987.66 2.43
  • 1 27 Aug 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Datastream
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Commodity Prices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
All Metals 184.54 0.00
Aluminum 1,542.00 -2.14
Brent Oil 45.74 9.71
  • 1 27 Aug 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Datastream
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Overnight
Interbank rates
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  Latest Closing1  %Chg2
PRC 1.76 -0.03
Hong Kong, China 0.26 0.00
India 7.25 0.01
  • +Except for Hong Kong (1-Month HIBOR);
    Sri Lanka (1-Day SLIBOR)
  • 1 27 Aug 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Datastream
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