Asia Regional Integration Center

Tracking Asian Integration

FTA database update: Asian FTAs continue to rise

Apr 2015

The number of free trade agreements (FTAs) involving at least one economy from Asia and the Pacific has grown from just 51 in 2000 to 215 (excluding proposed FTAs) as of March 2015. Of these, 126 are now effective, more than four times the number in 2000. The rest are either pending ratification or under negotiation. The ARIC FTA database now excludes proposed FTAs in its total count to better capture the current state of FTAs in Asia.

Pacific Exporter's meeting on 29 April 2015

29 April 2015

Organized by ADB, PIFS and the WTO, and financed by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this one day networking event will bring in experts in trade finance, marketing, and digital commerce to talk about the frontier of niche product development. Click here for more details.

ADB joins ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies' Meeting

8 April 2015

Deputy Chief Economist and ERCD DDG Juzhong Zhuang presented the economic outlook of developing Asia and ASEAN+3 economies, and highlighted the challenges of deepening regional economic integration and financial sector development. He also held consultations with deputies on financial cooperation at the meeting on 6-7 April in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

RCI Chat April 2015

April 2015

Grab a copy of the April 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 goods.

SASEC Mobile App

March 2015

The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program released a free mobile app available for download. This app is a one-stop source of information on SASEC Program projects, news, events, and other knowledge products. Available for iOS and Android devices.

Daily Market Watch

Currency Per US$      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
Euro 0.89 -0.22
Japanese yen 120.15 -0.64
Bangladeshi taka 0.00 0.00
  • 1 1 May 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Depreciation(-) Appreciation (+)
  • Source: Datastream
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Stock Indices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
US Dow Jones Ind Avg 18,024.06 1.03
US Nasdaq 5,005.39 1.29
US S&P 500 2,108.29 1.09
  • 1 1 May 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Datastream
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Commodity Prices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
All Metals 224.60 0.00
Aluminum 1,902.25 1.60
Brent Oil 65.40 0.83
  • 1 1 May 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Bloomberg and Datastream for cotton prices
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Interbank rates
  Latest Closing1  %Chg2
PRC 2.69 1.00
Hong Kong, China 1.23 1.00
India 8.52 1.00
  • +Except for Hong Kong (1-Month HIBOR);
    Sri Lanka (1-Day SLIBOR)
  • 1 1 May 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Bloomberg
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