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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1991

Continued Resilience of the ESCAP Region Despite World Economic Slow-Down - Challenges of Macroeconomic Management and Evolving Policy Reforms

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The annual Survey provides an extensive annual review of current economic and social trends within the Asian region and analyzes these developments against the background of events in the world economy. This publication is invaluable to every multinational corporation intending to expand their business in Asia or to invest in the region.

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World economic developments and prospects

A spate of rapid changes began to sweep the world economic and political scene as the relatively uneventful decade of the 1980s was coming to a close. Some of the events, which will have far-reaching implications not only for the present but for the future performance of the world economy, were still unfolding at the end of 1991. The Scaling down of the cold war atmosphere following the changes initiated in Eastern Europe in 1989 hold out prospects for the emergence of a peaceful world in which the urgent tasks of development could be addressed and a resulting “peace dividend” from a cut in military spending could be utilized to that end. The Persian Gulf war came as a rude shock to that expectation The damage resulting from the conflict was limited, nevertheless, the short-lived war had an adverse impact on the world economy which had yet to be overcome.

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