Asian economic slowdown predicted.12/11/2008 5:20:14 AM
Growth in Asia's developing economies will slow to 5.8 per cent in 2009, down from 6.9 per cent in 2008, as the impact of the global crisis spreads to emerging markets the Philippines-based Asian Development Bank Asian Development Bank
A financial_institution established in 1966 to reduce poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. The bank is headquartered in Manila, Philippines and consists of 61 member countries. says.
The slowdown will also damage the region's crucial export market, and policymakers will need to act decisively to counter a more prolonged slowdown, the ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) A low-speed serial bus for connecting keyboards, mice and other input devices on Apple IIgs and Macintosh computers. Starting with the iMac in 1998, the ADB was superseded by USB. said on Thursday in a special report monitoring the crisis.
China, which has provided the driving force behind the region's stellar economic performance in the past five years, will grow at 8.2 per cent next year, down from 9.5 per cent, the report said.
"Developing Asia - which initially looked well positioned to weather the global crisis - has come under increased pressure," the ADB said in a special report monitoring the crisis.
"As global investors scale back emerging market assets amid continued financial system de-leveraging, Asian equities and external funding conditions have been hurt."
But the ADB also says that despite the gloom, Asia is relatively well positioned to avoid the worst effects of the crisis, as long as it is vigilant against any slowdown.
"2009 is likely to be a difficult year for developing Asia but it will be manageable if countries respond decisively and collectively," Lee Jong-Wha, head of ADB's Office of Regional Economic Integration, said.
"Swift action by policymakers to stem both the threat to the financial systems and the real economy will allow most of the region's economies to sustain a healthy, if slower, expansion."
Jan Friederich, a senior economist with the Economist Intelligence Unit The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is part of The Economist Group. It is a research and advisory company providing country, industry and management analysis worldwide and incorporates the former Business International Corporation, a U.S. , said the figures cited by the ADB are far more optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op than the reality.
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Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة, al-ğazīrä , he said: "The ADB has probably worked on this report for quite a while and has not been able to fully factor in all the developments that came in over the last four weeks - with dramatically falling export figures in a number of countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and China.
"In comparison to the ADB, we are more pessimistic because we see the South Korean economy for example, contracting by 1.7 per cent, while they [the ADB], see it as growing by two or three per cent. I think they are behind the curve."
The report also says that despite a hefty build-up build·up also build-up
1. The act or process of amassing or increasing: a military buildup; a buildup of tension during the strike.
2. of foreign exchange reserves Foreign exchange reserves (also called Forex reserves) in a strict sense are only the foreign currency deposits held by central banks and monetary authorities. since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the global credit crunch Credit Crunch
An economic condition whereby investment capital is difficult to obtain. Banks and investors become weary of lending funds to corporations thereby driving up the price of debt products for borrowers. is testing Asian banks' ability to keep lending.
Economies that depend on exports are particularly vulnerable.
"Weakening demand for manufactured goods manufactured goods npl → manufacturas fpl; bienes mpl manufacturados
manufactured goods npl → produits manufacturés in major industrial countries means declining export orders from Asia, with knock-on effects for industrial production," the report said.
"Global trade volume is rapidly slowing down and is expected to barely expand in 2009, creating difficulties for regional economies that rely on exports for growth."
The growth figures for the region have been revised sharply down from previous estimates of 7.5 per cent for 2008 and 7.2 per cent in 2009.
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