Continuing obsession with US infuriates BNP Paribas economist

Andrew Freris, aka BNP Paribas'' "man in black", re-iterates Asia''s need to look at Asia as it seeks to solve its problems.

Even before the events of 911 created even more uncertainty on the global political and economic landscape, the popular perception held in Asia was that the region's economies would struggle to recover until the United States of America's economy bottomed out. 

 

Andrew Freris, the animated chief economist for the Asia Pacific region at BNP Paribas, however, is keen to stress that the performance of Asian economies is far more affected by regional and domestic concerns than events in the US.

In particular, Freris holds the opinion that the role of export trade with the US and its impact on GDP growth had been exaggerated, while the importance of intra-regional trade has...

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