RaboResearch - Economic Research

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China (Country update)

Growth in China is slowing in line with a soft landing scenario (around 8.3% in 2012), but the need for structural reforms is insufficiently addressed. Inflation has fallen to around 3.5%.

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Vietnam (Country update)

Vietnam’s economy remains highly vulnerable and growth is running below trend at 5.9% in 2011. Inflation has fallen somewhat relative to 2011, but remains high and in double-digit territory.

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Singapore (Country report)

The Singaporean economy is slowing against the backdrop of weaker global growth and heightened global uncertainty. Key risks are a sharp and protracted downturn in large advanced economies and extreme financial stress spreading from the eurozone.

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Brunei (Country report)

Brunei's hydrocarbon-based economy has embarked on a gradual economic recovery and should benefit from strong Asian demand for its exports, as Japan is shifting its energy mix in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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India (Country report)

Economic growth in India is expected to fall below the ‘magic’ 7% in fiscal year 2011/12. Five state elections are planned for 2012, which will give more information on the popularity of the government.

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Malaysia (Country report)

Being one of the most open countries in Asia, Malaysia is sensitive to swings in external demand. Demand for Malaysia’s electronics is expected to be weaker in 2012, but a rise of oil and gas prices would benefit Malaysia as a net energy exporter.

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South Korea (Country report)

The death of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il, has increased political uncertainty within North Korea and led to uncertainty for South Korea. Due to monetary tightening and lower external demand, real GDP growth was 3.3% in 2011.

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Azerbaijan (Country report)

Azerbaijan is highly dependent on its energy sector and oil exports in particular, which supports the current account and public finances. Economic growth is forecasted at 4% in 2012.