Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014

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The Survey 2014 will examine the region’s challenges to support its economic growth and to promote inclusive and sustainable development. Part I of the report will focus on the region’s outlook as it contends with the ongoing global recovery and assesses the region’s policy response to remaining and emerging vulnerabilities. A special theme is domestic resource mobilization in Asia-Pacific, which will explore the challenges on strengthening tax revenues. Part II of the report discusses strategic approaches to strengthen regional connectivity to achieve shared prosperity.



Macroeconomic performance and policy challenges at the subregional level

Economic growth momentum and the macroeconomic situation vary widely among the countries in Asia and the Pacific, in line with the diversity across the region. Several of the trade-dependent countries are likely to perform better in 2014, as the global economic recovery gains traction. Their macroeconomic performances thus depend on the implementation of appropriate policy measures to deal with spillovers from developed economies. This requires careful examination of the underlying reasons for changes in the macroeconomic aggregates and the likely impact of policy measures. On the other hand, a number of countries, mostly those with large domestic markets, are poised to experience either a growth slowdown or stagnation in 2014 due to diverse structural challenges. These countries need to accelerate structural reforms to deal with long-term impediments, while at the same time, address short-term macroeconomic issues. The macroeconomic performance of commodity-exporting countries varied widely in 2013. This group of economies faces the prospect of slowing growth in 2014. To counteract this, they should undertake policies to accelerate economic diversification.


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