Chart of the Week October 20, 2021: The pandemic in hindsight: Bali’s impetus for economic diversification

Summary The global travel disruption had cascading effects on tourism and the supporting sectors in Bali. This week’s chart portrays Bali’s vulnerability to the worldwide border closure amid COVID-19 and underlines potential areas for diversification. Bali’s economy contracted by 9.3% in 2020, one of the worst-hit provinces in Indonesia. The loss of tourism revenue scraped […]

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Chart of the Week October 8, 2021: Singapore: Employment effects of Covid-19 Pandemic in Tourism

Note: The reported values are annual figures. 2021 data refers to as of 2021Q2. Summary As an international tourist destination and connection hub, millions of tourists visit Singapore annually. However, the recent border closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the tourism sector’s revenue and employment, with spillover effects on other industries. Using […]

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Chart of the Week September 24, 2021: India’s Greenfield Investments from East Asia post New FDI Rules

Summary Since the November 2015 launch of the automatic route for foreign direct investments under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, greenfield FDI flows to India increased substantially. FDI through the automatic route does not require approval from the Government of India. The eased FDI norms enabled India to become the 9th largest recipient of FDI […]

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Chart of the Week September 10, 2021: Enabling the Digital Economy: – Leapfrogging in Asia’s Infocomm Infrastructure

Summary In Asia, where there is a clear recognition of the benefits of broad digital access, we see that there are signs of rapid technological leapfrogging in Infocomm infrastructure. The Service Penetration Rate of at least LTE/WiMAX mobile networks in Asia has ballooned rapidly in the brief period between 2015 – 2019. In most of […]

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Chart of the Week August 27, 2021: Disparity in the percentage of vaccinations administered across Indian states

Summary There is a stark disparity in the percentage of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across Indian states. At the aggregate level, around 513 million total vaccine doses have been administered. However, this week’s chart shows that percentage of doses calculated by dividing the total doses administered by the latest estimated population available is more than 70% across […]

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Chart of the Week August 13, 2021: How does ASEAN view China’s economic influence?

Summary As souring relations between the United States and China continue to take center stage and grab all the geopolitical headlines, attention on ASEAN has increased. The region has become subject to a geopolitical tug of war, and despite its protestations, are being increasingly pressured to choose between the two superpowers. This situation makes research […]

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Chart of the Week August 2, 2021: Developed Countries Advocate More Liberalized Trade

Notes: Effective applied tariff is sourced from TRAINS Database through WITS and is UNCTAD adjusted. GDP per capita is computed using output-side real GDP at current PPPs (in mil. 2017US$) and Population (in millions) from PWT10.0. Summary This week’s chart displays the negative correlation between a country’s per capita income and the level of import […]

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Chart of the Week July 2, 2021: ASEAN Money Transfer Methods and Usage

Summary Payment behavior is heterogeneous across Southeast Asia, reflecting the region’s diverse and multifaceted population and levels of financial development. This week’s chart dives into payment behavior of individuals across select ASEAN member states. The data is sourced from the Global Findex Database (2017), which is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, […]

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Chart of the Week June 18, 2021: Growth of Indonesia’s Tertiary Sector over the Past Decade

Summary In the last decade, Indonesia’s tertiary sector has continued to grow, further surpassing the primary and secondary sector. This week’s chart illustrates Indonesia’s economic composition in terms of the percentage of the three sectors in the GDP value-added, as well as the annual growth rate of the Information and Communication industry. The chart shows that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the tertiary sector continues to grow and has hit a new record in 2020, […]

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