Asia Regional Integration Center

Tracking Asian Integration

Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia

May 2015

A 2015 ADB/ADBI study estimated $568 billion worth of gains from infrastructure led connectivity between South Asia and Southeast Asia. It also reported that an affordable $73 billion is required to meet the cost of sub-regional infrastructure investment. Download study here.

FTA database update: Asian FTAs continue to rise

Apr 2015

The number of free trade agreements (FTAs) involving at least one economy from Asia and the Pacific has grown from just 51 in 2000 to 215 (excluding proposed FTAs) as of March 2015. Of these, 126 are now effective, more than four times the number in 2000. The rest are either pending ratification or under negotiation. The ARIC FTA database now excludes proposed FTAs in its total count to better capture the current state of FTAs in Asia.

Pacific Exporter's meeting on 29 April 2015

29 April 2015

Organized by ADB, PIFS and the WTO, and financed by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this one day networking event will bring in experts in trade finance, marketing, and digital commerce to talk about the frontier of niche product development. Click here for more details.

ADB joins ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies' Meeting

8 April 2015

Deputy Chief Economist and ERCD DDG Juzhong Zhuang presented the economic outlook of developing Asia and ASEAN+3 economies, and highlighted the challenges of deepening regional economic integration and financial sector development. He also held consultations with deputies on financial cooperation at the meeting on 6-7 April in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

RCI Chat April 2015

April 2015

Grab a copy of the April 2015 issue of RCI Chat! RCI Chat tracks regional cooperation and integration news in Asia focusing on cross-border infrastructure, trade and investment, money and finance, and regional public goods.

Calendar

03 Jun 2015

  • KOR  GDP
  • AUS  Exports
  • AUS  Imports
  • AUS  Trade Balance
  • EA  Retail Sales
  • EA  Unemployment
  • US  Exports
  • US  Imports
  • US  Trade Balance
  • EA  PMI
  • EA  PMI
  • FRA  PMI
  • GER  PMI
  • GER  PMI
  • IND  PMI
  • IND  PMI
  • THA  Consumer Confidence
  • UKG  PMI
  • UKG  PMI
  • US  IPI
  • US  PMI
  • US  PMI
  • JPN  Monetary Policy
  • EA  Monetary Policy

04 Jun 2015

  • PHI  CPI
  • TAP  CPI
  • TAP  WPI
  • UKG  Monetary Policy

05 Jun 2015

  • EA  GDP
  • FRA  Unemployment
  • FRA  Exports
  • FRA  Imports
  • FRA  Trade Balance
  • JPN  Leading Index
  • MAL  Exports
  • MAL  Imports
  • MAL  Trade Balance
  • US  Unemployment
  • US  Jobless Claims

08 Jun 2015

  • JPN  GDP
  • GER  Current Account
  • GER  Exports
  • GER  IPI
  • GER  Imports
  • GER  Trade Balance
  • JPN  Current Account
  • PHI  Unemployment
  • KAZ  IPI
  • PRC  CPI
  • PRC  Exports
  • PRC  Imports
  • PRC  PPI
  • PRC  Trade Balance
  • TAP  Exports
  • TAP  Imports
  • TAP  Trade Balance
  • SRI  Monetary Policy
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Daily Market Watch

Currency Per US$      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
Euro 0.90 2.05
Japanese yen 124.11 0.53
Bangladeshi taka 0.00 0.00
  • 1 2 Jun 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Depreciation(-) Appreciation (+)
  • Source: Datastream
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Stock Indices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
US Dow Jones Ind Avg 18,011.94 -0.16
US Nasdaq 5,076.52 -0.13
US S&P 500 2,109.60 -0.10
  • 1 2 Jun 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Datastream
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Commodity Prices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
All Metals 215.16 0.00
Aluminum 1,701.25 1.23
Brent Oil 64.41 0.47
  • 1 2 Jun 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Bloomberg and Datastream for cotton prices
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Overnight
Interbank rates
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  Latest Closing1  %Chg2
PRC 1.03 0.01
Hong Kong, China 0.24 0.00
India 7.60 -0.10
  • +Except for Hong Kong (1-Month HIBOR);
    Sri Lanka (1-Day SLIBOR)
  • 1 2 Jun 2015
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Bloomberg
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