Message from Chairman


Chairman of the Governing Board

Dato Lim Jock Hoi

Dear Sirs/Madams,

It is an honour and a pleasure for me to take the helm of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) Governing Board as its second Chairman. Since its inception, ERIA has made a number of important contributions to facilitate regional integration in both ASEAN and East Asia through research, drafting of policy recommendations, holding consultations with stakeholders, and organising symposiums on key economic integration issues.

While the region recovers to pre-global financial crisis growth levels, it is imperative to remain vigilant of the challenges arising from global economic developments and to accelerate the regional integration process to ensure a more balanced and inclusive growth.

In this regard, ERIA will continue to explore ways to contribute more effectively and efficiently to the realisation of the three pillars as mandated by ASEAN and East Asian leaders - i.e., the deepening of regional integration, the narrowing of development gap, and the promotion of sustainable economic development.

On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincerest appreciation to the outgoing Chairman, Dr. Dinh Van An, for his leadership, contribution, and support to ERIA's activities. I also look forward to working closely with Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, ERIA's Executive Director; Dr. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist; and all of ERIA's staff toward contributing to the growth, dynamism, and resilience of ASEAN and East Asia.

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