The end of the civil war has boosted long-term economic prospects for Sri Lanka. The economy is expected to grow over 6% in 2010. However, the humanitarian situation remains poor since the government has failed to address the grievances of the Tamil minority.
Special Dutch version
With regard to globalization, we find ourselves at a crossroads in a number of areas. In this special report we focus on the future - even more so than in our economic Outlook for 2010 and beyond - and we describe the dynamic field in which changes to the economic and political world order are currently taking place.
Economic Quarterly Report Dutch version
A thriving economy, such as we experienced in the years 2004-2007, is currently well beyond our reach. Officially, the recession is over, but the recovery is slow and uncertain. For the year ahead, our economists predict a meagre GDP growth of 1%.
Cooperative banks in the new financial system
The prevailing 'temporary emergency' deposit guarantee system (DGS) in Europe should be revised and adjusted when the largest turbulences in the banking sector are over. This DGS is not beneficial for financial stability and competition in banking.
Economic Quarterly Report
Both the speed at which the Dutch economy is deteriorating and the depth of the recession are unprecedented. The Dutch economy is going through a deep downturn this year and is expected to contract by 6% in real terms in 2009.
Dutch Housing Market Quarterly
In view of the current deterioration in the housing market, the Rabobank envisages a nominal house price drop of 5% for 2009, and a nominal drop of 1% for 2010. Downward risks for sentiment among house buyers and for market dynamics continue to prevail.
The Chinese government publish consistently higher growth figures during economic downturns in the hope of maintaining social stability. Hence, we expect a growth figure close to 6.5% yoy for 2009, while the true figure will be closer to 3.5%.