RSS 10 december 2018

Close ties with the global network are vital for long term economic growth

Analytical Center and World Bank experts have discussed a report analyzing the impact of international trade relations, investment flows, migration, the Internet and transport on economic development in Europe and Central Asia.

"Europe and Central Asia viewed as a single region have a rich history of regional integration and interaction with the global economy on bigger scales," explained the co-author of the report, World Bank Lead Economist David Michael Gould. "This has become an important mechanism that has allowed low income countries to boost their per capita income to the medium and even above medium level."

However, according to him, the global economic crisis and fluctuations in the prices of groceries has forced these countries to re-assess not only the benefits but also potential risks of expanding international ties further. Thus, the authors of the report conclude that the recent political developments such as Brexit and the elections in Italy have demonstrated that voters have grown rather skeptical about the benefits of more cooperation: they are now increasingly voting for parties pushing for national autonomy rather than more regional and global integration.

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