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Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2018 - Update

Promoting Opportunities in E-commerce

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The Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India is a bi-annual publication on regional economic growth, development and regional integration in Emerging Asia. It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region.

The update of the Outlook comprises two main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic monitor, depicting the economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region. And the second part consists of a special thematic chapter addressing a major issue facing the region. This update focuses on promoting opportunities in e-commerce.

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Macroeconomic assessments and economic outlook for Emerging Asia

OECD Development Centre

Emerging Asian economies are projected to grow steadily in 2018 and 2019. The prognosis is backed by generally robust readings in leading consumption and investment indicators. Even though central banks have started raising their policy rates largely on concerns related to inflation and exchange rates, they have utilised other instruments in their toolkits to keep market liquidity ample. Viet Nam and Philippines will still lead the ASEAN-5 with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand projected to have contrasting GDP growth trends. Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar are set to maintain their pace of economic expansion through 2019.

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