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ASEAN faces disparate growth outlook

THE growth outlook for ASEAN economies is likely to be mixed in the next two years, with domestically focused economies such as Indonesia and the Philippines on relatively better footing than their more trade-reliant neighbours, Moody’s Investor Service said the day before yesterday.

The cautious view from the ratings agency is a warning sign for global policymakers who are relying on emerging economies, particularly in Asia, to drive global growth in the coming years.

With a prolonged slump in global trade showing no signs of abating, the outlook is darker for Asia’s export-oriented economies, Moody’s said.

“The growth prospects of ASEAN’s major export-orientated economies - Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand - will remain weaker than those of more domestic demand-driven economies, Indonesia and the Philippines, in 2016 and 2017,” said Rahul Ghosh, senior research analyst.

Total trade - the sum of exports and imports - is the highest for Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, making them more vulnerable to slowdowns

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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