The future of the AEC depends on ASEAN member states making economic and labor market conditions more conducive for foreign workers.
Guntur has published a significant number of papers on a wide range of development issues, such as competitiveness, investment, tourism economics, labor markets, poverty, CGE modeling, trade liberalization, taxation, commodity prices, biofuel and food security, education, infrastructure, fragility, and migration. Before joining ADB in 2004, he worked for the universities of Nottingham and Warwick in the United Kingdom and the Central Bureau of Statistics in Indonesia.
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Mutual recognition arrangements can help ASEAN stop the brain drain, and remain globally competitive.
The principle underpinning ELR is that employment in a foreign country is temporary, and the nature of this employment is circular.
Data-driven decision making can be a powerful tool in the world of international development but it requires careful planning and management.
The pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis for overseas workers and the remittances they send home. But with the right actions by governments, it could also be a chance for long-term change.
Governments in Central and West Asia must commit to reforms and get them right, or face a downward spiral. The costs of the crisis are already obvious in rising deficits and debt. There is no room for complacency.