Jayant Menon

Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Cooperation), Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

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.

Blogs by this Author

  • ASEAN is the fourth largest exporting region in the world.

    Assessing ASEAN’s economic performance

    Published on Friday, 23 March 2018

    Opening the region to foreign direct investment through trade multilateralization is ASEAN’s defining achievement as an organization.

  • The 10-member ASEAN is celebrating this year its 50th anniversary.

    ASEAN leaders should embrace 4IR for another 50 years of peace, growth

    Published on Thursday, 09 November 2017

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution can empower MSMEs, which account for 90% of all enterprises and provide most employment in ASEAN member states.

  • Weak human capital is arguably the biggest challenge for Cambodia to reach middle-income status.

    Planning for success in Cambodia

    Published on Tuesday, 03 October 2017

    Cambodia needs careful advance planning to ensure sustainable growth as it transitions to a middle-income economy.

  • The AEC Blueprint 2025 was adopted at the 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015.

    Will 2025 be the final deadline for the AEC?

    Published on Monday, 24 July 2017

    The ASEAN Economic Community’s 2025 blueprint addresses many gaps, but uncertainties remain ahead of the deadline.

  • The iconic Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Reversing the structural regression in Malaysia manufacturing

    Published on Thursday, 03 December 2015

    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.

  • AEC signing ceremony at the XXVII ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by ASEAN Secretariat.

    Blog poll: Protectionism biggest challenge to AEC

    Published on Wednesday, 02 December 2015

    Achieving full and free movement of goods, capital, and people within the ASEAN Economic Community is a long process that must continue beyond 2015.

  • Will we see an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015?

    Published on Monday, 15 December 2014

    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?

  • Solving the regional and global trade jigsaw puzzles

    Published on Thursday, 05 June 2014

    The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggest that the world trade system is fragmenting to appear more like a jigsaw puzzle than a spaghetti bowl. How do we resolve the growing mess?

  • Impacts of increasing integration: Challenges in trade, finance and the environment

    Published on Thursday, 23 May 2013

    Regional cooperation and integration (RCI) has played an important role in Asia’s growth and development, and will have to play a role in managing the consequences of this ascendancy going forward.

  • Regional cooperation and integration in a changing world

    Published on Monday, 29 April 2013

    With Asia’s continuing rise and growing impact on the global economy, regional cooperation and integration (RCI) is expanding, bringing with it both benefits and costs. To sustain region-wide economic growth, an integrated market for the free flow of trade and investment across the region is necessary.