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The relevant coverage concerns and demanding situations dealing with the zone over the subsequent year are keen on the process oil costs, the chance of world exterior money imbalances unwinding precipitously, the effect of upper rates of interest and the potential of the avian influenza to turn into a human pandemic. Longer-term concerns relate to the continuing problem of poverty aid, using the advantages of domestic remittances to concurrently increase social signs and macroeconomic basics, and re-energizing the alternate liberalization time table following the 6th international alternate association Ministerial convention, held in Hong Kong, China, in December 2005.

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Since these countries have little access to financing to cushion a temporary balance of payments instability caused by an oil price shock, international financial institutions need to provide assistance to them, as was done in the 1970s through the International Monetary Fund “oil facility”. However, to be useful to countries such as the least developed countries, such mechanisms have to be highly concessional. Policy actions are necessary for net oil exporters Net oil exporters in the region, for example Central Asian countries, also need to adjust to rising oil prices.

At the regional level, the Asian Bond Market Initiative is a welcome development, but much remains to be done to deploy the region’s pool of savings profitably within the region. There is great scope for investment in Asia, particularly given the enormous need for new investment in physical and social infrastructure. If left to financial markets alone, an abrupt and large-scale unwinding of global current account imbalances could have widespread negative implications. A concerted global response is needed that is commensurate with the risk.

In this context, there is no evidence that low interest rates have made investors less risk averse; with interest rates widely expected to rise, households may be keener to consolidate their balance sheets than to seek new outlets for their assets. 3). The decline was almost entirely due to both portfolio and private capital flows dropping close to zero, indeed, portfolio flows on a net basis were negative in 2005 despite the region’s buoyant stock markets. The experience of individual economies is more relevant.

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