Macro Economy

Indonesia Continues to Lower Interest Rates; Vietnam Records Over 7% GDP Growth for First Time in Seven Years

October 6, 2017 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

During 16–30 September, amongst the participating countries in ASEAN, the central banks of Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines each held monetary policy meetings, and Indonesia’s second...

India: Empowering the Population Through Streamlined Industrialisation and Modernisation

December 5, 2016 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

Analysis of the Physical, Digital and Financial Infrastructure Policies and their role in shaping India’s Future  Introduction  Need for Slew of Measures  New Yo...

Country Report 2016 – India

November 14, 2016 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

Executive Summary  India’s ascent in the global economy has been one impressive story and has commanded the attention of many. The Indian economy continued to demonstrate resilience...

Chinese Iron and Steel Industry: Large-Scale Mergers to Ease Overcapacity

March 23, 2016 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

Industry Highlights  Industry Suffering from Overcapacity, Push to Strengthen Exports  China’s iron and steel industry is facing a harsh winter due to overcapacity and falling prod...

Thailand Aims to Use the New Investments Promotion Strategy to Overcome the Middle Income Trap

March 3, 2016 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

On the 1st of January 2015, the seven-year investment promotion strategy (2015-2021) (7YIPS) came into effect in Thailand after being approved by the Board of Investment (BOI). 7YIPS is inte...

China’s Iron and Steel Industry Faces Harsh Winter: A Look at the Current Situation and Future

February 10, 2016 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

SPEEDA Research Institute provides insights and independent analysis given by our in-house analysts. This report will focus on the Chinese iron and steel industry and its perspective.  Chin...

Malaysia’s GST Effect: Catalyst or Deterrent?

January 6, 2016 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

 Revenue from GST More Short Term Benefit than Long Term Strategy  Malaysia’s new Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime (replacing the SST system) is the government’s attempt to create...

Indonesia’s Economic Policy Package Implications

November 4, 2015 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

Series of Economic Policy Packages and Their Implications  In 1H2015, Indonesia’s economy decelerated to its slowest pace since 2009. GDP growth decelerated in two consecutive quarters to 4...

Vietnam’s Budget Puzzle

September 10, 2015 | by Takashi Kawabata - SPEEDA Chief Asia Economist, Translated by Kenneth Bresson

Government Must Privatise and Restructure, or Increase Borrowing  Amid shrinking income from several sectors, the Vietnamese government is faced with the increasingly challenging ta...

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