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A wake-up call, Volume 1
Country:South Asia; Date Stored:2013/10/10
Document Date:2013/10/01Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Macro-Fiscal Policy; Trade Liberalization; Economic Growth; Inflation; Strategic Debt ManagementISBN:978-1-4648-0118-1
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Finance; Industry and trade
Rel. Proj ID:8S-South Asia Economic Focus -- -- P147649;Region:South Asia
Report Number:81730Sub Sectors:General finance sector; General industry and trade sector; Banking; Capital markets
Collection Title:South Asia economic focusVolume No:1

Summary: Global capital rebalancing has highlighted structural weakness and vulnerability in South Asia, acting as a wake-up call for policy makers. While recent economic developments in advanced countries are encouraging, large parts of the South Asian region continue to slow. Portfolio capital outflows, triggered by the prospect of unwinding quantitative easing in the US, have made current account deficits more difficult to finance across emerging countries. Meanwhile, supply-side constraints and macroeconomic imbalances remain to be tackled in most South Asian countries. But the depreciation of regional currencies offers a great opportunity to kick start exports and growth, and provides the space to re-engage reforms to create a conducive investment climate. This paper on the biannual regional economic update and outlook for South Asia includes the following headings: recent economic developments; outlook and policy; focus: business cycle transmission to and within South Asia; South Asia country briefs on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Paklsitan, and Sri lanka; South Asia at a glance; and notes.

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