• 23
    Mar
    2017

    This workshop will be held 27-28 March 2017 at Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel, Republic of Korea. Jointly hosted by ADB, KCS, WTO, and KODAC, it's designed to examine the progress and impacts of trade facilitation and aid for trade on promoting connectivity in Asia and the Pacific, among others. Read more on the event details page. 

  • 21
    Feb
    2017

    ARIC’s Economic and Financial Indicators database is now updated with a new look.  View and download Real and Prices, External Sector, and Monetary and Financial indicators, available for 48 ADB regional members from 1980 up to 2016 in monthly, quarterly, and annual frequencies.  

  • 30
    Jan
    2017

    ADB Principal Economist and ARIC Team Leader Jong Woo Kang discusses the possible repercussions of the US President's protectionist stance. Read the blog here.

  • 01
    Feb
    2017

    Sophisticated and geographically dispersed global value chains have emerged as an important feature of Asia’s economic success, particularly in East Asia. This brief analyzes the export slowdown in real terms and in relation to real GDP growth for developing Asia and for major economies, focusing on the period since the crisis.

  • 25
    Jan
    2017

    Asian FTAs continue to rise against the backdrop of growing trade protectionism. Three FTAs involving Asia came into force in 2016 while another three recently concluded negotiations. Numerous FTAs involving Asian economies and non-regional partners are currently being proposed suggesting Asia’s move to expand trade outside the region and explore new export markets.

What’s New

Data Updates

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2017
Money and Finance sector
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2017
External sector
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2017
Real sector
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Trade
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Labor
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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

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.

What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?
14
Nov
2016

What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?

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.

Rising tides of protectionism will cause more harm than good
25
May
2016

Rising tides of protectionism will cause more harm than good

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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.

Structural reforms to sustain Asia’s growth
2
May
2016

Structural reforms to sustain Asia’s growth

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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.

Developing countries should not worry yet about Wall Street bashing
28
Mar
2016

Developing countries should not worry yet about Wall Street bashing

Wall Street bashing is always in vogue during election time, as we are observing in the run-up to the US presidential election. Is this because financiers and bankers deserve punishment for their greedy and reckless behavior that adds no value to the economy? Or are they simply political footballs?