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AUGUST 18 , 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 32 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

The Bottom Line
Ranked By GDP Growth

Country GDP growth Per-capita GDP (PPP) Per-capita GNP (nom.) Population (millions) Population growth Inflation CPI Exports 12 months Curr. acct. balance Reserves (excl. gold) Foreign debt People per tel. Life expect. Net users/ 10,000 pop. People/ TV
Hong Kong 14.3% $21,830 $23,597 7.0 2.3% -4.5% $185b. $9.2b. $96.3b. ± 1.5 79 1,428.6 3.0
South Korea 12.8% $12,445 $8,581 47.1 0.9% 2.9% $161b. $17.3b. $90.1b. $141.5b. 2.1 72 2,123.1 2.9
Malaysia 11.7% $7,370 $3,248 23.0 2.4% 1.3% $83.9b. $12.6b. $33.4b. $40.9b. 5.0 72 652.2 4.7
Singapore 9.1% $27,740 $22,710 3.9 0.7% 0.8% $115b. $21.5b. $75.2b. ± 2.0 78 2,435.9 2.6
China 8.3% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% 0.5% $219b. $15.7b. $156.6b. $157.7b. 11.6 71 69.8 3.7
Mexico 7.9% $8,420 $4,838 98.2 1.9% 9.4% $152b. -$14.8b. $31.9b. $165.7b. 7.6 74 137.5 4.0
Taiwan 7.9% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 0.8% 1.4% $130b. $4.2b. $113.1b. ± 1.8 75 2,167.4 3.1
Fiji 7.8% $3,580 $2,219 0.8 1.5% -1.0% $0.5b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. $0.2b. 8.9 73 62.5 11.1
Russia 7.3% $4,310 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% 20.2% $88.5b. $31.5b. $15.9b. $120.5b. 5.1 68 366.8 2.5
Maldives 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% -5.1% $0.1b. -$0.02b. $0.1b. $0.1b. 12.5 67 50.0 25.4
Afghanistan 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. $5.4b. 390.0 46 n.a. 83.3
Bhutan 6.0% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% 9.2% $0.1b. -$0.1b. $0.3b. $0.2b. 66.5 61 n.a. 175.4
India 5.8% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 5.0% $39.2b. -$3.8b. $33.8b. $99.0b. 45.5 62 45.0 14.5
Turkey 5.6% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 58.6% $30.0b. -$5.5b. $24.6b. $101.0b. 4.0 68 91.6 3.5
New Zealand 5.5% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 2.0% $13.1b. -$4.5b. $3.7b. $54.7b. 1.4 77 1,578.9 1.9
Egypt 5.3% $3,075 $1,390 65.5 2.2% 3.0% $5.7b. -$2.6b. $14.0b. $34.1b. 16.6 65 67.2 8.6
Pakistan 5.3% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% 3.9% $8.3b. -$1.8b. $1.3b. $29.7b. 49.0 63 4.5 15.4
Thailand 5.2% $6,020 $1,949 62.6 1.5% 2.0% $62.3b. $11.0b. $31.1b. $70.3b. 12.1 69 159.7 4.4
U.S. 5.2% $33,872 $33,799 274.6 1.0% 3.7% $718b. -$367.2b. $56.0b. $814.0b.* 1.3 77 4,501.1 1.2
Canada 4.9% $24,870 $20,242 30.6 0.9% 2.9% $254b. $2.2b. $29.9b. $237.0b.* 1.3 79 4,339.9 1.5
Myanmar 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 6.2% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. $5.1b. 194.1 60 n.a. 142.9
Bangladesh 4.4% $1,040 $299 130.0 2.2% 3.8% $5.5b. -$0.3b. $1.4b. $16.4b. 336.5 60 0.5 143.2
Australia 4.3% $20,770 $20,142 19.1 1.2% 3.2% $58.5b. -$22.4b. $12.7b. $156.2b.* 1.5 78 3,581.2 1.6
Sri Lanka 4.2% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% 6.8% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.6b. $7.6b. 32.9 73 10.5 12.0
Indonesia 4.1% $2,940 $617 209.4 1.6% 4.6% $55.4b. $4.7b. $26.3b. $138.0b. 34.4 65 19.1 6.8
Cambodia 4.0% $1,240 $270 11.0 2.5% -0.9% $0.8b. -$0.2b. $0.5b. $2.2b. 397.1 53 0.6 115.5
Laos 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.4 2.9% 86.7% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. $2.2b. 153.6 53 n.a. 101.0
Vietnam 4.0% $1,755 $320 80.3 2.3% -1.2% $10.0b. $0.7b. $2.1b. $21.6b. 38.8 68 1.9 6.1
P. N. Guinea 3.9% $2,700 $1,005 4.4 2.3% 13.2% $1.9b. -$0.03b. $0.2b. $2.3b. 49.0 57 0.2 11.2
Mongolia 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. $0.7b. 24.2 65 4.8 17.3
Philippines 3.4% $3,380 $1,046 75.8 2.3% 4.2% $36.3b. $8.0b. $14.1b. $52.2b. 27.0 68 42.2 7.9
Switzerland 3.4% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 2.0% $93.9b. $29.2b. $30.1b. ± 1.1 79 2,361.1 2.3
France 3.3% $23,030 $24,018 59.3 0.5% 1.7% $292b. $36.7b. $38.5b. $45.0b.* 1.5 78 1,517.7 1.7
Germany 3.3% $22,140 $25,488 82.6 0.3% 1.9% $541b. -$21.1b. $61.7b. ± 1.8 76 1,924.9 1.8
Nepal 3.3% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 1.8% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.8b. $2.4b. 112.9 57 6.4 185.2
Brazil 3.1% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 5.6% $51.2b. -$23.8b. $29.3b. $179.0b. 6.6 68 409.3 3.6
Britain 3.1% $20,890 $24,770 59.1 0.3% 3.3% $267b. -$20.7b. $30.1b. ± 1.9 77 2,656.5 2.2
Italy 3.0% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.1% 2.7% $232b. $5.3b. $25.5b. $20.9b.* 1.9 78 1,609.0 2.1
Iran 2.6% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 19.3% $13.0b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. $20.6b. 8.2 70 14.6 6.8
Brunei 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 1.0% $2.3b. $0.8b. $20.0b. ± 3.8 76 333.3 3.1
South Africa 2.5% $7,660 $2,979 43.5 2.2% 5.1% $29.2b. -$0.8b. $6.4b. $17.2b. 6.9 65 372.9 8.0
Nigeria 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% -1.7% $9.0b. -$4.2b. $4.1b. $35.0b. 257.8 53 0.8 17.5
Kenya 1.8% $1,135 $325 32.2 3.4% 5.1% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.7b. $7.4b. 62.7 59 14.0 40.0
Japan 0.7% $23,480 $34,715 126.8 0.3% -0.7% $434b. $116.6b. $334.5b. ± 1.5 80 1,672.7 1.4
Saudi Arabia 0.5% $10,265 $6,648 20.9 2.8% -1.2% $48.5b. -$1.7b. $16.8b. $16.7b. 7.0 70 9.6 3.8
Macau -2.9% $17,500 $14,145 0.4 2.0% -1.5% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. ± 1.5 76 750.0 3.6
*Net Foreign Debt. n.a., ± not available.
These figures are the latest available from national and multilateral sources (telephone data from Intl. Telecom. Union). These statistics will appear only occasionally: GDP (PPP), savings, foreign debt, literacy rate, urban population, people per doctor, infant mortality, people per TV and calorie intake. Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of all goods and services produced in one year. Purchasing Power Parity (PPP, based on World Bank ratios) takes into account price differences between countries, for a more accurate measure of national wealth. Gross National Product (GNP) is GDP plus payments from abroad from investments and labor, minus similar payments to foreigners.



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