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Global Economic Prospects: East Asia and the Pacific

Theo tin tiếng Anh của Ngân hàng Thế giới SOURCE: World Bank BRIEF Global Economic...

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SOURCE: World Bank

Global Economic Prospects: East Asia and the Pacific
January 9, 2018

Recent developments: Growth in developing East Asia and Pacific strengthened slightly in 2017 to 6.4 percent from 6.3 percent in 2016. The pickup reflected better-than-expected external conditions—an expansion of global activity and trade, a recovery of commodity prices, and benign financing conditions. The region accounted for more than a third of global growth in 2017, mostly due to China. Investment in the region, excluding China, showed signs of a cyclical upturn following several years of weakness. Trade flows recovered markedly across the region, and regional financial markets remained stable.

Growth in China advanced modestly to 6.8 percent in 2017, mainly due to an acceleration of exports as global demand solidified. China’s economic rebalancing continued, with consumption growing faster than investment and services faster than industry.

Excluding China, the rest of the region as a group picked up to 5.2 percent from 4.9 percent in 2016. The recovery in commodity prices and improved confidence supported activity in commodity exporting countries. Among these, GDP accelerated sharply in Malaysia due to increased private sector spending and rising exports. Also, growth inched up in Indonesia thanks to stronger investment and a pickup in exports. Among commodity importers, Thailand grew more rapidly after several years of weakness. Vietnam expanded more strongly on the back of solid exports.

Outlook: Growth in developing East Asia and Pacific is projected to ease to 6.2 percent in 2018 and to 6.1 percent in 2019 as a cyclical pickup in the region, excluding China, is offset by that the gradual structural slowdown in China. The region is expected to continue to be a major driver of global growth. Growth in China is projected to slow to 6.4 percent in 2018 as its economic rebalancing from investment to consumption proceeds and as credit growth decelerates. Growth in the rest of the region is expected to accelerate to 5.3 percent this year as commodity exporters continue to experience a cyclical rebound.

Among commodity exporters, Indonesia is projected to accelerate to 5.3 percent this year as private consumption strengthens in line with wage gains. Growth is seen moderating in Malaysia to still-strong 5.2 percent as investment growth moderates slightly.

Commodity importing economies are expected to see positive growth as well. Thailand is projected to see growth advance to 3.6 percent in 2018 from 3.5 percent as merchandise exports and tourism strengthen. Vietnam is seen growing 6.5 percent in this year after 6.7 percent in the year just ended, supported by robust agricultural production and strong export-oriented manufacturing.

Risks: Risks to the outlook have become more balanced but are still tilted to the downside. Geopolitical tensions in the Korean peninsula could negatively affect confidence and trigger financial instability. A faster-than-expected tightening of financing conditions or a steeper-than-expected slowdown of major economies, including China, could exacerbate existing financial vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities include elevated domestic debt, large external financing needs, and limited policy buffers. Increased projectionist sentiment in advanced economies, particularly the United States, and policy changes resulting from Great Britain’s departure from the European Union, would deepen uncertainty about established trading and investment relationships.

Stronger-than-expected growth among advanced economies, and further strengthening of investment could lead to faster-than-anticipated growth in the region.


June 4, 2017

Recent developments: Growth in developing East Asia and Pacific continued to be robust in the first half of 2017, in line with expectations. A continued modest pickup in growth in the region is offsetting the gradual slowdown in China. Regional financial markets stabilized after a period of volatility in late 2016, net capital outflows declined, and regional currencies and asset prices firmed.

In China, output expanded at a 6.9 percent year-on-year rate in the first quarter, helped by robust consumption and a recovery of exports. Rebalancing from investment to consumption resumed as state-driven investment growth slowed and private sector investment growth remained weak.

Growth strengthened in commodity-exporting economies in the region. In Indonesia, investment climate reforms and recovering commodity prices have supported a recovery of private investment and exports. In Malaysia, stabilizing commodity prices have lifted consumer and business sentiment.

Growth in commodity-importing economies continued to be strong, as accommodative policies supported solid domestic demand growth. In the Philippines, expansionary fiscal policy has boosted capital formation, and remittances, credit growth, and low inflation have bolstered private consumption. In Thailand, domestic demand is gradually recovering from several years of subdued performance, although policy uncertainties continue to weigh on growth.

Outlook: Growth in developing East Asia and Pacific is projected to ease to 6.2 percent in 2017 and to 6.1 percent in 2018. The continued gradual slowdown in China will slightly offset a pickup in the rest of the region led by a rebound among commodity exporters. Growth in China is anticipated to slow to 6.5 percent this year and 6.3 percent in 2018. Fiscal support is expected to continue to offset monetary tightening. Government policies are anticipated to support growth, contain financial risks, and encourage a rebalancing of the economy to more of a focus on consumption. Excluding China, growth in the region is seen advancing slightly more rapidly at 5.1 percent in 2017 and 5.2 percent in 2018.

Growth among commodity-exporting economies in the region is forecast to pick up gradually. Indonesia’s growth is anticipated to rise to 5.2 percent in 2017 and 5.3 percent in 2018 as the effects of fiscal consolidation dissipate and as private activity picks up, supported by modestly rising commodity prices, improving external demand, and increased confidence due to reforms. Growth in Malaysia is expected to accelerate sharply to 4.9 percent in 2017 and remain steady in 2018, bolstered by income support measures, infrastructure spending, and improved exports.

Among commodity importers, growth in the Philippines is forecast to hold steady at 6.9 percent this year and the next, led by a pickup in public and private investment. Thailand should similarly maintain 3.2 percent growth in 2017, rising to 3.3 percent next year, supported by greater public investment and recovering private consumption. Vietnam is expected to see growth rise to 6.3 percent in 2017 and to 6.4 percent in 2018 helped by strong exports.

Risks: Risks are tilted to the downside and are mainly external. They include heightened policy uncertainty in the United States, where trade, immigration, and fiscal policies are under review and in Europe, where the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union carries risks that could weigh on investor confidence. Rising protectionist sentiment in major advanced economies creates uncertainty about the future of established trading relationships. A faster-than-expected tightening of global financing conditions could set back regional growth and exacerbate existing financial vulnerabilities. Domestic vulnerabilities relate to elevated domestic debt in China, Malaysia and Thailand, and to large external financing needs in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mongolia.