Sponsored by: Investment Center

Something new in your business?  Click here to submit your business press release

Chamber Corner | Main Street News | Job Hunt | Classifieds | Calendar | Illinois Lottery 

ADB raises Asia forecasts as region leads recovery

Send a link to a friend

[September 22, 2009]  BEIJING (AP) -- The Asian Development Bank raised its growth forecasts for China and India on Tuesday and said the region is leading a global recovery but warned against ending stimulus efforts too quickly.

InsuranceThe bank increased its 2009 growth forecast for China from its 7 percent outlook in March to 8.2 percent, and India from 5 percent to 6 percent. The regionwide forecast was raised from 3.4 percent to 3.9 percent.

"The Asian region has proven more resilient than earlier thought," said ADB chief economist Jong-Wha Lee as the Manila-based bank issued a report on economies stretching from Pakistan to South Korea to Fiji.

The economies of Indonesia and Vietnam were expected to grow faster than originally forecast, while South Korea's contraction was likely to be less severe than predicted. However, the outlooks for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia were lowered.

While Asia's overall growth was helping lead the world economy out of its slump, the bank cautioned that a prolonged global downturn could slow a recovery for the trade-dependent region. The region was still dependent on the ups and downs of global demand despite government measures helping to boost local consumption in countries such as China.

Governments should take care to avoid exiting too quickly from stimulus measures, the ADB said.

"This a very delicate time for Asian economies, We need to avoid pulling back stimulus too early before the recovery really takes hold," Lee told reporters in Hong Kong.

China, the world's third-biggest economy, is carrying out a 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus that is meant to reduce reliance on exports by pumping money into the economy through spending on construction of roads and other public works.

Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and other governments have similar measures.

The ADB's optimism was a turnabout from its decision in March to slash its growth outlook for the region.

[to top of second column]

The downturn is Asia's worst since the 1997 financial crisis and was driven by the collapse in Western demand for electronics, cars and other exports that are critical to its economic growth.

Economies covered by the ADB report grew by 6.3 percent last year and 9.5 percent in 2007.

The bank called on Asian governments to lower barriers to trade and financial flows within the region to reduce reliance on Western export markets.

"To strengthen its economic resilience and sustain its development, developing Asia must adopt policies to broaden the scope and structure of its openness to trade, capital flows, and movement of work," the report said.


On the Net:

Asian Development Bank: http://www.adb.org/

[Associated Press; By JOE McDONALD]

AP Business Writer Jeremiah Marquez in Hong Kong contributed to this report.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor