RAM sees steady growth for Asean-10

: RAM Ratings foresees steady growth momentum for the Asean-10, , India, Japan and South Korea, following a strong start in 2017.

In a statement yesterday, it said currently, the countries in its Asian sovereign portfolio had a stable outlook, with the exception of India, which carried a positive outlook.

“However, downside risks remain, as Asia’s dependence on trade with and investments from China renders the latter a significant contagion credit risk for the region,” said Head of Sovereign Ratings, Esther Lai in conjunction with the publication of RAM’s Asia Sovereign Focus 2017.

RAM’s Asia Sovereign Focus 2017 is a point of reference for credit views on Asean members, China, India, Japan and South Korea.



Lai said infrastructure spending – the heart of the reform plans for Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand – had been gaining traction, with continuous efforts to improve in the interest of long-term economic sustainability.

Elsewhere, the frontier of , and Myanmar are still addressing constraints in physical infrastructure and human capital development, with the support of multilateral and bilateral funding, although they remain highly susceptible to external shocks.

“RAM notes that the export-oriented economies of Japan, South Korea, , , Thailand and are riding on the cyclical rebound in electronics and firmer commodity prices.

“We are also keeping an eye on growing US trade protectionism, rising geopolitical risks and security threats, as well as the risk of capital outflows that will inflate financing costs,” Lai said. — Bernama

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Source: Borneo Post Online






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