Simmering trade disputes are decreasing the beneficial effects of free trade and could in the long-term damage the rules-based order upon which global commerce is based.
The discussions around the impact of artificial intelligence and its impact on jobs could result in improved skills and greater adaptations by the world’s work force.
Important changes are underway for Southeast Asia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner, the People’s Republic of China.
Opening the region to foreign direct investment through trade multilateralization is ASEAN’s defining achievement as an organization.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution can empower MSMEs, which account for 90% of all enterprises and provide most employment in ASEAN member states.
Cambodia needs careful advance planning to ensure sustainable growth as it transitions to a middle-income economy.
The ASEAN Economic Community’s 2025 blueprint addresses many gaps, but uncertainties remain ahead of the deadline.
If Malaysia truly wants to reach high-income countries, it must first arrest and then reverse its structural regression, and improve the business environment to revive private investment in manufacturing.
Achieving full and free movement of goods, capital, and people within the ASEAN Economic Community is a long process that must continue beyond 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?