The Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) 2016 is ADB's annual report on Asia’s regional economic cooperation and integration, covering 48 regional members of the ADB and analyzing their regional as well as global economic linkages. This issue includes Special Theme: What Drives Foreign Direct Investment in Asia and the Pacific? Read highlights and news release. Download report here.
The Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) is an annual review of Asia's regional economic cooperation and integration. This issue includes Special Theme: What Drives Foreign Direct Investment in Asia and the Pacific? The subregional launch of the AEIR will be on 9 December 2016 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Asia and the Pacific continues to be the world's top destination for foreign direct investments, which in 2015 reached $527 billion or nearly 30 per cent of the world's total. However, in the same year trade growth in the region decelerated to 2.3 per cent, below the 2.7 per cent growth in global trade. Read AEIR 2016 here.
This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor discusses current and critical policy issues confronting ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The theme of the policy briefs in this issue is niche market development.
This paper discusses the demographic shift framing Asia's future population structure and examines how policies such as extending the retirement age, augmenting labor migration, and improving fertility rates could be effective in coping with this challenge.
The outcome of the US presidential election on 9 November was historic in that it provides a yardstick against which to assess where popular sentiment is heading on important issues such as globalization, inequality, and international trade.
It has yet to be probed whether the global economic slowdown has led to the rise of protectionist trade policies, or it’s the other way around. Either way, the fact that protectionism is growing around the world should concern economists and practitioners alike.
The key to boosting the region’s potential growth is to continue structural reforms. These are policy actions that eliminate impediments to efficient resource allocation, reduce technical and managerial inefficiency, enhance an economy’s ability to respond to shocks, and lay the foundations for greater private investment and innovation.