Asia resilient to global slowdown: ADB

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AFP - Tue, Aug 23, 2011

Asia's economic growth will likely be hurt by the slowdown in the United States and Europe, but the impact should be minimal, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday.

ADB chief economist Changyong Rhee said the development institution is expected to slash its economic growth forecast for Asia's developing economies this year and next.

"Definitely, it's going to slow down and we have already started to see some slowdown in exports from Asia," he told journalists in Singapore.

"But having said that, I believe that the current situation at this moment is not like the crisis in 2008. We believe that Asian economic growth at this moment is robust and resilient enough to cope with a slowdown in the advanced economies."

The Manila-based ADB in March forecast developing Asia would grow 7.8 percent this year and 7.7 percent next year.

Source: Yahoo! News


(路透新加坡23日電)亞洲開發銀行(ADB) 今天表示,開發中的亞洲未來若要維持過去20年的快速經濟擴張,必需創造更多優質工作機會。

亞銀首席經濟學家李昌鏞(Changyong Rhee)在新加坡的1場記者會上表示:「1990年起,亞洲的經濟成長與就業機會已超過其他區域,不過大部分貧窮人口仍來自亞洲。」

他引用總部在馬尼拉的亞銀彙編的數據,指出不含日本在內,2008年開發中亞洲有2/3的勞工受雇於「地下經濟」,且情況從1990年後便無太大變化。

1991到2008年間,受雇地下經濟的印度勞動人口比例,從80%上升為82%。然而2008年泰國的地下經濟勞動人口比例,卻從1990年的70%降為54%。同時期馬來西亞的比例則從31%下降為22%。

亞銀表示,地下經濟的工作通常是未充分就業、低所得及社會安全網漏洞的徵兆。

亞銀呼籲亞洲低所得國家,讓從鄉村往都市尋求更高薪資工作的勞工遷徙變得更容易,並提供支援活動來增加鄉村地區非農業部門的生產力。亞銀還建議,將地下經濟勞工納入基本社會保障。

李昌鏞說,展望未來,只要2008年的金融危機不再重演,亞洲將可安然度過歐美經濟走緩。中央社(翻譯)

資料來源: 雅虎香港新聞

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