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Botswana (Country report)

Botswana’s economy is recovering from the global crisis that especially hit its export sector. In 2011, the economy is expected to grow by 6%, from 7.2% in 2010. In addition, the current account deficit will shrink to 0.1% of GDP in 2011 (from 2.4% of GDP in 2010), signalling an increase in external demand for Botswana’s diamond exports.

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Singapore (Country report)

Singapore has very healthy public finances, strong net-creditor position, solid economic fundamentals, and a stable political environment. Having said that, the large size of the country’s banking sector combined with a huge dependence on global demand makes Singapore’s economy particularly vulnerable to external shocks.

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South Africa (Country report)

South Africa’s economy recovered, after a year-long recession in 2009. In 2010, the economy grew by 2.8%. Growth was largely demand driven, with an increase in both external and domestic demand fuelling growth in, among others, the manufacturing sector.

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Country Report Japan

Japan is an economy running high-speed into uncharted territory. It has boosted growth potential to the maximum relative to its ageing population, boasting among the highest rates of labour force participation and effective retirement age among the industrialises world.

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Vietnam (Country report)

Vietnam’s pro-growth policies will result in economic growth of around 6% year on year (yoy) in 2011, but at the expense of macro-economic stability. External imbalances are very high, as the current account posts large deficits and the country’s liquidity position is in a dismal state.

Economic Update Dutch version

Monthly Upate The Netherlands

The Dutch economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, taking full year growth up to 1.7%. Looking ahead, the pace of Dutch growth is set to moderate in the coming months, resulting in a slightly lower GDP-growth of 1,5%.