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CLMV Countries Must Go Beyond Regional Integration

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CLMV Countries Must Go Beyond Regional Integration

01 February 2018

CLMV , Industry and Manufacturing , Investment

Dubbed Southeast Asia's last frontier market, Myanmar has been one of ASEAN's most high-profile destinations for investors since the country's opening.

Making ASEAN's E-Commerce Landscape Count - Adopting a Value Chain Approach

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Making ASEAN's E-Commerce Landscape Count - Adopting a Value Chain Approach

01 January 2018

ASEAN , Digital Economy , E-commerce , Singapore

2018. Singapore is taking over the chairmanship at a time when there is growing anti-globalisation and anti-trade sentiment around the world. In this context, Singapore has made cooperation on the digital economy a key priority for its chairmanship, encouraging ASEAN countries to streamline trade rules governing e-commerce.

Leveraging on ASEAN's Growing Economy to Tackle ASEAN's Ageing Population

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Leveraging on ASEAN's Growing Economy to Tackle ASEAN's Ageing Population

01 December 2017

ASEAN , Social Protection

Countries around the world are facing an ageing population - including the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN countries do have a growing young working population, but the proportion of older citizens is also increasing, driven by better medical care and higher life expectancy.

Micro-integration, Macro-assertion: ASEAN can Use FTA Negotiations as Showcase for Wider Ambitions

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Micro-integration, Macro-assertion: ASEAN can Use FTA Negotiations as Showcase for Wider Ambitions

01 November 2017

ASEAN , FTA , Trade

The year 2017 has presented ASEAN countries with a new incentive to pursue mega free trade agreements (FTAs). Since coming into power, the Trump administration has withdrawn from multilateral deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), moving towards a strategy of bilateral trade deals instead.

Learning from the Japanese Experience - Creating an Industrial Push in Myanmar

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Learning from the Japanese Experience - Creating an Industrial Push in Myanmar

01 October 2017

Industry and Manufacturing , Japan , Myanmar

The financial sector is a critical driver for a country’s reform efforts, and lays the groundwork for the future development and growth of an economy. Financial institutions can channel capital into productive investment projects, and encourage the mobilisation of savings by providing attractive instruments and saving vehicles. However, Myanmar’s weak financial sector has limited the country’s industrialisation process.

Governments in ASEAN Should Invest in SMEs' Internal Capacity

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Governments in ASEAN Should Invest in SMEs' Internal Capacity

01 September 2017

ASEAN , SMEs

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of key South East Asian economies, accounting for the majority of total employment and an integral source of economic growth.

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