Will We See an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015?
Launched as a political bloc and security pact in the aftermath of the Viet Nam War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved to embrace an ambitious economic agenda. Its latest project is to establish the ASEAN Economic Community by 31 December 2015. But is this likely?
Will the Green Climate Fund Pledges Create a Momentum for Ongoing Climate Negotiations?
The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries.
Will 2025 Be the Final Deadline for the AEC?
The ASEAN Economic Community’s 2025 blueprint addresses many gaps, but uncertainties remain ahead of the deadline.
Why We Should be Happy When SASEC Customs Officials Talk More
More coordination and cooperation at the borders will create greater efficiencies that are passed on to traders so business becomes faster and cheaper – a cross-border win-win situation for all in South Asia.
Why Southeast Asia Shouldn’t Worry About “Brain Drain”
Here’s why the perception that skilled migration damages the source country is wrong.
Why It Matters That One of the Region’s Biggest Trade Deals is Being Upgraded
Important changes are underway for Southeast Asia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner, the People’s Republic of China.
Why Economic Corridor Development is the Way Forward for South Asia
If implemented well, this strategy promises more robust industrial growth, improved productivity, higher-paying jobs and skills development, influx of foreign investors, and increased exports.
Why are Interest Rates Falling in Southeast Asia?
Southeast Asian economies are starting to feel the pinch of trade tensions, recession fears and other global trends.
When Global Tourism Returns, the Silk Road Awaits
Central Asia has the opportunity to create a sustainable, safe, easily accessible, and well-known tourism destination that provides a variety of year-round, quality experiences.
What Type of Protectionism Should We Fear?
If history is any guide, protectionism comes and goes, so the current rising tide will recede eventually.