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2017
Money and Finance sector
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Jul
2017
External sector
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Jul
2017
Real sector
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2017
FTA
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Trade
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FDI

Publications

December 2016
Examines current trends in trade and global value chain; financial integration; movement of people; and subregional cooperation and initiatives, with a special chapter on the role of FDI in Asia and the Pacific.
December 2015
Examines current trends in trade, finance, migration, remittances and other economic activities in the region, with a special chapter on the role of special economic zones.
November 2014
This semiannual series combines regional economic and financial monitoring, and an assessment of developments in regional cooperation and integration.
1992–2016

Regional Public Goods: A breath of fresh air
25
Jul
2017

Regional Public Goods: A breath of fresh air

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Hold your breath for the bad news: air pollution imperils Asia and the Pacific. Rapid carbon-intensive growth puts the region in a precarious position, where 4 of the 10 biggest polluters and 5 of the 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change reside together. The biggest polluters also happen to be the most productive in the region.

What we learned about foreign direct investment in Asia (Part I)
15
May
2017

What we learned about foreign direct investment in Asia (Part I)

The policy regime as reflected by the business environment appears to help attract FDI, particularly greenfield investments, especially for economies with low scores for governance. This does not mean, however, that improving the business environment can substitute for governance reforms.

Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs
26
Apr
2017

Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs

Good governance is too broad a concept to be covered under a single political system in any country. But the crucial factor underpinning effective governance is where the decision-making authority lies, and how it is exercised. Authority should be accompanied by accountability and responsibility, without which good governance cannot be enshrined into any system.

Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus
12
Apr
2017

Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus

Recent improvement in global economic outlook, largely due to better growth prospects in major economies and increase in trade flows, can be a boon for FDI. But as some countries pursue more inward looking economic policies, how would this bear on the link between international trade and investment?

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape
15
Feb
2017

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape

Against the backdrop of rising bilateralism in the West, where does Asia stand? Is the region moving towards the same direction or is it charting its own unique course? Understanding the evolution of Asia’s FTA landscape holds the key to these questions.

What type of protectionism should we fear?
30
Jan
2017

What type of protectionism should we fear?

US President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both moves suggest his pre-election rhetoric of criticizing the current international trade regime is being translated into concrete action.