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Latin American Economic Outlook 2014: Logistics and competitiveness for development

‌‌‌‌‌Newsletter October - Panama

The latest edition of the Latin American Economic Outlook indicates that, after a decade of relatively strong growth, Latin America’s economic prospects are becoming more complex due to less external demand, moderation of commodity prices and increasing uncertainty in external financing conditions.

The report argues that technological upgrading and economic diversification will be key to boosting productivity. Better logistics -- more investment, but also improvements in the use of current infrastructures – are a key ingredient to raising competitiveness and productivity in the region.

The official launch of the report jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) and the CAF, development bank of Latin America took place on Friday 18 October 2013 in Panama City during the XXIII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government.

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Harnessing natural resource wealth for economic transformation

 ‌‌‌‌‌‌newsletter october - AF13

The theme of this year's International Economic Forum on Africa was, “Africa 2.0: Harnessing natural resource wealth for economic transformation”. The discussion focused on how to better link natural resources to other sectors of the economy in order to foster economic transformation. Many of the speakers underlined the fact that there is still a lot to do to improve infrastructure, energy, education and skills. More efforts have to be made to increase agricultural productivity and to facilitate access to finance on regional and global markets. Priority should be given to strengthening reform to improve the environment for investment and stimulating the role of the private sector.

The Forum gathered high-level speakers, such as the Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, as well as executives of international organisations on African issues (the African Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa), DFIs, foundations, civil society and actors from the private sector.


Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2014

 ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌newsletter october - seao

Growth of ASEAN countries shows resilience over the medium-term, although in China and India growth will gradually moderate, says the latest Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2014. Management of capital flows and further acceleration of the regional integration process will be critical.

The thematic focus this year is “ the middle-income trap” in Asia, an issue that policy makers in the region need to tackle in the next 20-40 years. The report emphasises the need for strengthening institutional capacity for human capital development, innovation and financial systems (including financing SMEs).

The report was presented at a press conference at the occasion of the ASEAN Summit in Brunei on 8 October.

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Policy coherence for migration and development

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This month, the UN General Assembly held its High-Level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development. The HLD discussions highlighted the need for international co-operation, including protecting the human rights of migrants, integrating migration into the post-2015 agenda, and strengthening the migration evidence base. The mood of the dialogue was marked by States’ thirst for pragmatic collaboration and an increasingly humane discourse around migrants. One significant outcome was a joint declaration reaffirming States’ commitment to finding solutions to migration-related challenges.

Several of the OECD Development Centre’s current projects focus on mainstreaming migration into development strategies and strengthening policy coherence for migration and development – two important practical objectives highlighted by the HLD. The Centre will contribute to future global discussions around migration with its three back-to-back conferences on migration this December.

This Month

Latin American Economic Outlook 2014: Logistics and competitiveness for development

Harnessing natural resource wealth for economic transformation

Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2014

Policy coherence for migration and development

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Did you know?

… the Emerging Asian economies are expected to grow by 6.9% per annum in 2014-18

… in Latin America around 57% of the region’s total exports are time-sensitive or logistics-intensive, compared to an OECD average of 17%.

The Wire

Regional Editions African Economic Outlook 2013

Full country notes of the AEO in regional editions

France 24

As Africa grows fast, poverty falls slowly

Xinhua press agency

L'Afrique a besoin d'une "stratégie industrielle" pour créer des emplois

Le Monde

Recul de la pauvreté et essor de la classe moyenne en Amérique latine

El País

América Latina y el Caribe necesitan aumentar la productividad en un entorno menos favorable

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