Fears of Global Economic Slowdown Dominate IMF Annual Meeting

Volume
16,
Number
35
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17 October 2012
17 October 2012
The protracted global financial crisis dominated the agenda at last week's International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, as new data showed that economic growth is likely to be even lower than anticipated this year and next. As officials debated how best to boost growth while...
17 October 2012
With the US presidential election just weeks away and recent polls showing a near dead-heat between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the two candidates have been sharpening their rhetoric as part of their efforts to win over voters before the polls open on 6 November...
17 October 2012
China is being called on to defend its support of clothing and textile manufacturers, after Mexico City filed a complaint with the WTO on Monday accusing Beijing of unfairly subsidising its domestic industry. Citing a number of alleged government support measures, the Mexican complaint adds to the...
17 October 2012
The simmering diplomatic row between Beijing and Tokyo over a group of contested islands has prompted questions over what the high-profile dispute could mean for proposed trade talks between Asia's two largest economies and South Korea, as well as for regional trade overall, Seoul officials said...
17 October 2012
Efforts toward formally launching EU-Japan trade talks ramped up last week, after the European Parliament's international trade committee voted in favour of the negotiations. The proposal is next set to go to the full Parliament later this month. "The EU's trade policy needs a game-changer: a free...
17 October 2012
The controversy over Ukraine's request to renegotiate its tariff schedule continues to brew in Geneva, with nearly 60 countries raising concerns over the "systemic and commercial" implications of such a move at a WTO committee meeting yesterday. The row stems from a request tabled by Kiev last...
17 October 2012
Coming soon 21-26 October, Nairobi, Kenya. AFRICAN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FINANCE SUMMER ACADEMY. Held by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, this five-day training course on sustainable energy finance aims to provide a comprehensive framework on renewable energy and energy efficiency...
17 October 2012
DEVELOPING THE SERVICES SECTOR AS ENGINE OF GROWTH FOR ASIA: AN OVERVIEW. By Marcus Noland, Donghyun Park, and Gemma B. Estrada for Peterson Institute for International Economics (October 2012). This paper addresses the maturing of the manufacturing sector in many Asian countries which, combined...