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.
Jayant works on trade, international investment and development issues, and leads ADB's Trade Team. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham Campus in Malaysia. Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Menon worked as an academic in Australia for more than a decade, mainly at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University in Melbourne.
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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.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution can empower MSMEs, which account for 90% of all enterprises and provide most employment in ASEAN member states.
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.
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?