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Weicheng Lian, Fei Liu, Katsiaryna Svirydzenka, and Biying Zhu

While South Asia has gone a long way in diversifying their economies, there is substantial scope to do more. Some countries – India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka – can build on their existing production capabilities; others – Bangladesh, Bhutan, and the Maldives – would need to undertake a more concerted push. We identify key policies from a large set of potential determinants that explain the variation in export diversification and complexity across 189 countries from 1962 to 2018. Our analysis suggests that South Asia needs to invest in infrastructure, education, and R&D, facilitate bank credit to productive companies, and open to trade in order to diversify and move up the value chains. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, investing in digital technologies as part of the infrastructure push and improving education are of even greater importance to facilitate the ability to work remotely and assist resource reallocation away from the less viable sectors.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Cinco años después de los primeros sacudones de la crisis, algunos países se han recuperado, pero otros aún no han dejado atrás los problemas. F&D examina la actualidad mundial y observa un panorama complejo y desigual para el futuro de la economía mundial. “Tras la pista de la recuperación mundial” muestra que la mayoría de los mercados emergentes parecen haber superado los efectos de la crisis, pero no así la mayor parte de las economías avanzadas. “Arreglar el sistema” describe cómo se ha desacelerado el ritmo de las reformas encaminadas a afianzar la regulación financiera. Bernard Hoekman, economista del Banco Mundial especializado en comercio internacional, hace un balance del incipiente movimiento hacia el proteccionismo en “Política comercial: ¿Hasta ahora, todo bien?”. “Testigos del derrumbe” examina cómo capearon la recesión mundial los países de mercados emergentes y de bajo ingreso. En “Desequilibrio estable”, el financista Mohamed El-Erian evalúa la amenaza potencial que plantean los superávits y déficits de pagos. Este número aborda también lo que está ocurriendo en los mercados de materias primas, el surgimiento de las tecnologías verdes, los cambios en la fuerza laboral de Asia meridional y el perjuicio que el lavado de dinero puede causar a las economías nacionales. En “Gente del mundo de la economía”, F&D traza una semblanza de Laura Tyson y en “Vuelta a lo esencial” explica de qué manera los mercados monetarios permiten a los prestatarios satisfacer las necesidades financieras a corto plazo.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Cinq ans après le début de la crise, certains pays se sont relevés, mais d'autres restent en difficulté. Ce numéro de F&D se penche sur le monde d'aujourd'hui : l'avenir de l'économie mondiale s'annonce complexe et contrasté. Dans « La reprise mondiale en perspective », nous apprenons que la plupart des pays émergents semblent s'être sortis des effets de la crise, mais ce n'est pas le cas pour la plupart des pays avancés. L'article « Réparer le système » aborde le ralentissement du rythme des réformes visant à renforcer la réglementation financière. Dans « Politique commerciale : bilan positif ? », Bernard Hoekman, économiste de la Banque mondiale spécialisé dans le commerce international, dresse un état des lieux des tendances protectionnistes. L'article « Témoins innocents de la débâcle » relate comment les pays émergents et à faible revenu ont surmonté la récession mondiale. Dans « Un déséquilibre stable », le financier Mohamed El-Erian se penche sur le risque potentiel que posent les considérables excédents et déficits de paiement. Dans cette édition, nous nous intéressons également à l'évolution des marchés des produits de base, à la progression des technologies vertes, aux mutations de la population active en Asie du Sud, et aux lourdes conséquences du blanchiment de capitaux pour les économies nationales. La rubrique « Paroles d'économistes » dresse le portrait de Laura Tyson, l'ennemie des inégalités, et « L’ABC de l’économie » explique comment les marchés monétaires permettent aux emprunteurs de répondre à leurs besoins de financement à court terme.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
Weicheng Lian, Fei Liu, Katsiaryna Svirydzenka, and Biying Zhu
While South Asia has gone a long way in diversifying their economies, there is substantial scope to do more. Some countries – India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka – can build on their existing production capabilities; others – Bangladesh, Bhutan, and the Maldives – would need to undertake a more concerted push. We identify key policies from a large set of potential determinants that explain the variation in export diversification and complexity across 189 countries from 1962 to 2018. Our analysis suggests that South Asia needs to invest in infrastructure, education, and R&D, facilitate bank credit to productive companies, and open to trade in order to diversify and move up the value chains. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, investing in digital technologies as part of the infrastructure push and improving education are of even greater importance to facilitate the ability to work remotely and assist resource reallocation away from the less viable sectors.
Ruchir Agarwal, Vybhavi Balasundharam, Patrick Blagrave, Mr. Eugenio M Cerutti, Ragnar Gudmundsson, and Racha Mousa
The South Asia region is both a large contributor to climate change and also one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. This paper provides an overview of the region’s vulnerabilities, national committments to mitigate emissions, and national policies to adapt to a changing climate. The paper also discusses policy measures that may be needed to make further progress on both mitigation and adapatation. Our analysis suggests that while substantial progress is being made, there remains scope to adopt a more cohesive strategy to achieve the region’s goals—including by improving the monitoring and tracking of adaptation spending, and by laying the groundwork to equitably increase the effective price of carbon while protecting low-income and vulnerable households in the region.
Vicente Galbis

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