Blog posts tagged to "trade"

  • In Bangladesh, increased opportunities in the garment industry have resulted in better education for girls and fewer marriages for teenagers. Photo: ADB

    How the right trade policies can empower women

    Published on Saturday, 04 May 2019

    Trade can benefit women and girls in a variety of ways, but only if the right policies are put into place

  • Border checkpoint on the Lao side of the Mekong River.

    6 challenges to advancing GMS economic corridors

    Published on Monday, 15 August 2016

    Despite notable progress, economic corridors remain a work in progress due to key constraints to their future development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

  • Port activity in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    RCEP - a life raft for trade liberalization in Asia

    Published on Wednesday, 20 April 2016

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership offers hope in in an ocean of trade policy pessimism.

  • A woman sells coffee beans in Viet Nam.

    What Africa can learn from Asian supply chains

    Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    As wages and other business costs increase in East Asia, there is an incentive for some supply chains in food processing and garments to shift to Africa.

  • Will Asian investment follow trade with Latin America?

    Published on Monday, 16 February 2015

    Latin America is now firmly on the economic radar of Asia in the post-global financial crisis world, with both regions having grown faster than the world economy.

  • ASEAN Economic Community 2015: What’s next?

    Published on Tuesday, 06 January 2015

    Despite much progress so far, it seems likely that the December 2015 deadline for realizing all four pillars of the AEC will be missed. Rather than playing a blame game as to why the deadline will be missed, here's what should be done during Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 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?

  • Central Asian integration: doomed vision or promising future?

    Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    Central Asia has for centuries been seen as a neglected Russian “backyard,” but international interest in the region has increased over the last two decades because of its vast stores of energy and natural resources. To achieve a brighter future the region must pursue greater economic integration.