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New Report Examines Trade Barriers in ASEAN

March 19, 2014

Trade experts gathered in Bangkok this week for the release of The Asia Foundation’s report, “Trade Facilitation and Cost of Non-Cooperation to Consumers in the ASEAN Economic Community.” Based on first-hand interviews, surveys, and economic data analysis, report authors explore the real-world consequences of trade barriers for consumers and offer recommendations on improving trade between […]

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Notes from the Field

How Politics Can Outmaneuver Reform in the Philippines

March 12, 2014

Over the past two years, the Philippines has achieved the distinction of being the fastest growing of the ASEAN-6 economies with growth rates of 6.8 percent in 2012 and 7.2 percent in 2013. The official poverty rate in the Philippines was 27.9 percent in 2012 and 28.8 percent in 2006; levels which were interpreted this way…

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The Women Leaders Who Drive Aquino’s Reform Agenda

March 5, 2014

For a president who was so greatly influenced by his mother and surrounded by sisters, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Simeon Benigno Aquino III has appointed women to some of the highest positions of his administration. A confirmed bachelor…

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Inclusive Growth in Asia is Impossible Without Including Women

March 5, 2014

A report from Oxfam released in late January put down on paper what many already feared was true: almost almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population. This is also the case in Asia, where income and wealth disparity is growing rapidly.

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Cambodia’s Capital Introduces New Public Bus Service

February 26, 2014

Earlier this month, a fleet of 10 air-conditioned public buses took to the congested streets of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The pilot program, launched by the city Municipality in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will run until the end of February with a wait-and-see approach…

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Economic Growth in ASEAN Drives Demand for Low-Cost Air Carriers

February 26, 2014

In mid-February, Singapore hosted Asia’s largest aerospace exhibition. Organizers of the week-long Singapore Air Show were hoping that $25 billion in deals would be signed, but by week’s end, expenditures had already surpassed that, reaching $32 billion in deals inked to help meet the demand for inexpensive, short-range travel. In 2010, sales amounted to what now seems a paltry $10 billion.

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Notes from the Field

Improving Myanmar’s Business Environment for Sustainable Economic Growth

February 26, 2014

In a meeting with the business community over the weekend, Myanmar President U Thein Sein declared that “economic development for the country is possible only when the private enterprises that constitute 90 percent of the country’s economy develop,” and that “the government and the private sector must work hand in hand.”

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Real-World Problems of South Asian Integration

February 26, 2014

Regional integration in South Asia has remained weak on all fronts. Even in the face of pressing needs, regional cooperation on water and energy, for instance, barely gets the kind of attention that it deserves. On trade, the story is even worse. Intra-regional trade in Asia (as a geographic block) constitutes around 56 percent of the total trade…

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60 Years of Japanese Development Assistance: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

February 19, 2014

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Japan’s overseas development assistance. Looking back, Japan’s trajectory from a development assistance recipient to donor is without parallel. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Japan was a major recipient of U.S. and international assistance.

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The Rise of Asia’s Southern Providers in East Asia

February 12, 2014

Today, there’s no doubt that the global aid landscape is changing. Aid from traditional donors to Asia is declining, with total global aid falling by 6 percent since its high point in 2010. Meanwhile, the volume of development cooperation from non-OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members is increasing.

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