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Friday, May 24, 2013

Ken Davies' "China Investment Policy: an Update" published by OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has just published China Investment Policy: an Update in the series OECD Working Papers on International Investment by Ken Davies.

Here is a brief summary of the Update and a link you can click on to download the complete book as a free PDF.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Indonesia's GDP and FDI success story

Indonesia is one of the world's economic success stories of recent years, though the country still has a long development path ahead of it.

After several false starts and having suffered the worst economic collapse of all the countries involved in the 1997-1999 Asian economic crisis, the country has in the past decade and a half succeeded in achieving a sustained recovery.

Annual GDP growth in real terms has been around 6% for the past eight years. While this is not as high as, for example, China, it is nevertheless one of the highest growth rates in the world.

© Growing Capacity, Inc. 2013.    Data source: Bank Indonesia.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Coming soon: my 2013 report on China's investment policies

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is about to publish an update on China's inward and, in particular, outward investment policies, based on official sources, some of which have not previously been made available outside China. This will be in the form of a Working Paper under my authorship. The working paper continues the series of three Investment Policies of China that I wrote and published from 2003 to 2008.

What was in those Reviews? What will be in the forthcoming update?

Monday, May 13, 2013

America's Chinese Dream

My former OECD colleague John West has kindly shared with us his assessment of the opportunities that China's economy provides for the United States.

The US economy is wobbling slowly forward. Europe is just plain wobbling. And China has moved onto a slower growth path.

But China's role in the global economy is also changing fundamentally, providing America with new growth opportunities, a "Chinese dream".

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Doing business is getting slightly easier in East Africa

A new IFC and World Bank report launched on May 2, 2013 in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, shows that in 2011/12 all five economies of the East African Community (EAC)—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—implemented at least one institutional or business regulatory reform improving the business climate for local entrepreneurs.

Doing Business in the East African Community 2013 compares business regulations and identifies good practices across the EAC in 10 areas covered by the joint World Bank and IFC annual global Doing Business report. From June 2011 to June 2012, the five EAC economies implemented a combined nine regulatory reforms across eight areas measured by Doing Business.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 Report on Millennium Development Goals Progress

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have jointly published the Global Monitoring Report 2013, which assesses progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This year's report bears the title Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals and claims to provide "an in-depth analysis on [sic] urbanization as a force for poverty reduction and progress towards the MDGs in the developing world".