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Chart of the Week: A Golden Aging for Vietnam?

2019-03-25T12:43:16-04:00July 17, 2017|

By IMFBlog

July 17, 2017 

A worker in a silk factory in Dalat, Vietnam. Encouraging more women to join the workforce and shifting to higher productivity occupations will help the country overcome the impact of an aging population (photo: Gerhard Zwerger-Schoner/imageBroker/Newscom)

Vietnam’s demographic dividend is fast turning into a handicap.

For decades, working-age Vietnamese made up an expanding share of the population, boosting economic growth and helping to keep retirement and health spending in check. (more…)

COVID-19 Response in Emerging Market Economies: Conventional Policies and Beyond

2020-08-14T10:32:05-04:00August 6, 2020|

By Martin Mühleisen, Tryggvi Gudmundsson, and Hélène Poirson Ward

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emerging market economies far exceeded that of the global financial crisis. Unlike previous crises, the response has been decisive just like in advanced economies. (more…)

How the Great Lockdown Saved Lives

2020-06-03T15:06:47-04:00June 2, 2020|

By Pragyan Deb, Davide Furceri, Jonathan D. Ostry and Nour Tawk

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Since the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, the disease has spread to more than 200 countries and territories. In the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, governments worldwide have responded by implementing unprecedented containment and mitigation measures—the Great Lockdown. (more…)

A “New Deal” for Informal Workers in Asia

2020-05-08T14:22:06-04:00April 30, 2020|

By Era Dabla-Norris and Changyong Rhee

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Full or partial lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 are having crippling effects on businesses and workers across Asia, as elsewhere. Among the most vulnerable of the workers are the ones working in part-time and temporary jobs without social insurance, and in sectors of the economy that are neither taxed, nor regulated by any form of government.

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Varapat Chensavasdijai

2020-05-13T10:19:56-04:00April 23, 2020|

Varapat Chensavasdijai is the Deputy Division Chief of Caribbean I Division in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department. He is the mission chief for Trinidad and Tobago. Previously, he was in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, working on debt and external policy issues and IMF programs with Ireland and Ukraine. He was also in the Asia and Pacific Department, covering a broad range of countries including Korea, Maldives, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked at the Bank of Thailand. He holds a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Oxford University.

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Fiscal Policies to Protect People During the Coronavirus Outbreak

2020-03-16T15:02:56-04:00March 5, 2020|

This blog is part of a special series on the response to the coronavirus.

By Vitor Gaspar and Paolo Mauro

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A key role of government is to protect the well-being of its people—most crucially and visibly during emergencies such as the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. The IMF has $50 billion available in rapid-disbursing emergency financing to help countries suffering from the virus. As Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said, what we want is to guarantee that people are not going to die because of a lack of money. (more…)

The Digital Accelerator: Revving Up Government in Asia

2019-03-13T13:58:38-04:00September 26, 2018|

By Vitor Gaspar and Chang Yong Rhee

September 26, 2018

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A driver from the Malaysian ride-hailing tech startup, Grab, picks up a passenger in Jakarta, Indonesia: digitalization is transforming Asia’s businesses and governments (photo: Afif C. Kasuma/iStock by Getty Images)

Asia’s digital revolution shows no signs of slowing down. From e-commerce giants like China’s Alibaba and Japan’s Rakuten, to ride-hailing, and digital payment tech startups, like Indonesia’s Go-Jek and India’s Paytm, and the widespread use of industrial robots for manufacturing, digitalization is changing the way the region’s businesses operate. (more…)

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