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7 March, 2020 06:33:50 PM
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Corona will have economic impact on developing Asia: ADB

Independent Online/BSS
Corona will have economic impact on developing Asia: ADB

The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will have a significant impact on developing Asian economies through numerous channels, including sharp declines in domestic demand, lower tourism and business travel, trade and production linkages, supply disruptions, and health effects.

According to a new analysis by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the magnitude of the economic losses will depend on how the outbreak evolves, which remains highly uncertain, said an ADB press release.

The analysis, The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Developing Asia, projected a global impact in the range of $77 billion to $347 billion, or 0.1 percent to 0.4 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) due to this virus.

In a moderate scenario, where precautionary behaviors and restrictions such as travel bans start easing 3 months after the outbreak intensified and restrictions were imposed in late January, global losses could reach $156 billion, or 0.2 percent of global GDP.

The release said China would account for $103 billion of those losses-or 0.8 percent of its GDP. The rest of developing Asia would lose $22 billion, or 0.2 percent of its GDP.

“There are many uncertainties about COVID-19, including its economic impact,” said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada. “This requires the use of multiple scenarios to provide a clearer picture of potential losses. We hope this analysis can support governments as they prepare clear and decisive responses to mitigate the human and economic impacts of this outbreak,” added the ADB Chief Economist.

The analysis presents estimated impact on individual developing Asian economies-and on sectors within these economies-including under a hypothetical “worst case” scenario for a given economy in the event of a significant outbreak. These should not be interpreted as predictions that an outbreak will occur but are meant to provide guidance for governments as they consider appropriate responses.

ADB’s response to COVID-19 to date includes $2 million announced on February 7 to enhance detection, prevention, and response in the PRC and the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

The lending agency announced another $2 million on February 26 to support response in all its developing members; and a CNY130 million ($18.6 million) private sector loan, signed on February 25, to Wuhan, PRC-based pharmaceutical distributor Jointown Pharmaceutical Group Co. Ltd. to support the continued supply of essential medicines and personal protective equipment.

ADB stands ready to provide further support to its developing members in their efforts to respond to the adverse impact of COVID-19.

ADB will use appropriate means to address the identified needs including through existing and new financial assistance, emergency assistance lending, policy-based lending, private sector investment, and knowledge and technical assistance.

HM

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