ADB ratchets up Asia’ GDP growth forecast

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecasts in its latest report that Asia’s economy will expand by 6 percent in 2017, driven by stronger-than-expected exports and domestic consumption.

  • TPP a model for NAFTA digital trade rules

    Early in 2018, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations will enter a final make-or-break phase. At this point, the chances that the United States, Canada and Mexico will reach agreement for an update of NAFTA are no more than 50–50 — not least as a result of a series of ‘deal breaker’ demands put forward by the Trump administration (such as five-year termination, an opt-out dispute settlement system and national rules of origin for the United States) that could scuttle the talks.

  • FTA strategy: India may well give up hope to become global manufacturing hub and exporter; here is why

    If the strategy is to stay away from FTAs since they enable imports, India might as well give up hopes of becoming a global manufacturing hub and manufacturing exporter in the foreseeable future

  • EU-Japan Relations: Time for a Boost

    The EU and Japan are cooperating on multiple fronts, but there is much more these two strategic partners could be doing together, writes Fraser Cameron.

  • All African States To Sign A Continental FTA In March

    The United States Economic Commission for Africa says African countries are gearing up to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Agreement, with a key deadline this month being hit with an agreement among ministers.

  • Japan, Vietnam experts talk investment in high-quality infrastructure

    Experts from Japan and Vietnam shared experience and talked cooperation in investing and building infrastructure, especially transport infrastructure, in cities with fast urbanisation at a dialogue on December 7.

  • Singapore invited to attend G-20 summit

    Singapore has been invited by Argentina to attend the annual meeting of the world's top economic leaders next year.

  • APEC council to prioritize 4 areas

    The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Philippines will focus on four priority areas next year to attain inclusive growth in the country and the Asia-Pacific.

  • Will the resurrected TPP be ratified?

    On the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam, 11 countries on the Pacific Rim decided to go ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite the US withdrawal.