The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) is an international organization established by a formal agreement among 16 heads of government at the 3rd East Asia Summit in Singapore on 21 November 2007. ERIA works closely with the ASEAN Secretariat, researchers and research institutes from East Asia to provide intellectual and analytical research and policy recommendations. Another key ERIA objective is capacity building aimed at strengthening policy research capacities in less developed countries.
ERIA conducts research under three pillars:
• Deepening Economic Integration
• Narrowing Development Gaps
• Achieving Sustainable Development
ERIA research covers a wide range of policy areas, such as trade and investment, globalization, SME development, human resource and infrastructure development, as and energy issues.
Dissemination of Policy Research
To disseminate its research findings and solicit inputs from various stakeholders, ERIA organises seminars and symposia which nurture a sense of community in the Asian region. ERIA also publishes reports, discussion papers, and policy briefs that present the key recommendations of its studies. It likewise publishes the ERIA Frames newsletter, which presents a bi-monthly picture of ERIA activities and research.
Based on the mandate given by the East Asia and ASEAN Summits, ERIA provides policy recommendations to the Leaders and Ministers during their meetings to stimulate economic growth, deepen regional integration, and strengthen partnerships in ASEAN and East Asia.