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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017

Governance and Fiscal Management

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The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 presents the latest macroeconomic trends, identifies emerging risks and challenges, and takes stock of fiscal, monetary and structural policy developments in the region, providing recommendations for policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. The report shows that, while the recent expansion of Asia-Pacific countries has been steady, it is modest compared to recent historical trends amid prolonged weak external demand, rising trade protectionism and heightened global uncertainty. Decades of rapid economic growth came at the expense of rising inequalities and environmental degradation. Addressing such economic, social and environmental challenges in a coherent and decisive manner will be critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In view of these challenges, the Survey 2017 highlights the importance, and transmission mechanisms, of better governance to achieve effective fiscal management and deliver impactful domestic structural reforms.

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The steady economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region has been an anchor of stability for the sluggish global economy in recent years. This dynamism has made it possible for many countries of the region to make major inroads against extreme poverty. Advances in Asia and the Pacific have also generated important lessons for countries in other regions striving to put in place smart policies and best practices for building lives of prosperity, safety and dignity for all.

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