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A wake-up call
 
Collection Title:South Asia economic focusCountry:South Asia;
Date Stored:2013/10/10Document Date:2013/10/01
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Macro-Fiscal Policy; Trade Liberalization; Economic Growth; Inflation; Strategic Debt Management
ISBN:978-1-4648-0118-1Language:English
Major Sector:Finance; Industry and tradeRel. Proj ID:8S-South Asia Economic Focus -- -- P147649;
Region:South AsiaReport Number:81730
Sub Sectors:General finance sector; General industry and trade sector; Banking; Capital marketsVolume No:1 of 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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