ASEAN ministers predict solid economic growth

The Manila meeting of ASEAN finance ministers was due to issue a statement at the end of talks forecasting economic growth at an average rate of between 4 and 4.5 per cent for 2003.

Source: Reuters

South East Asian finance ministers are reportedly expecting the region's economic growth to be about 4 per cent, despite possible fallout from the Jakarta terrorist bombing.

The blast at the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday claimed 16 lives and left about 150 others injured.

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