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2016 Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016

Enhancing Regional Ties

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The annual Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India examines Asia’s regional economic growth, development and regional integration process. It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in People’s Republic of China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region. The 2016 edition of the Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India comprises three main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic monitor, depicting the medium-term economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region. The second part consists of three chapters on “enhancing regional ties”, which is the special thematic focus of this edition. The third part includes structural policy country notes.

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Reaping the benefits of regional integration in Emerging Asia: Private sector development

OECD Development Centre

Emerging Asia’s private sector is becoming increasingly global as its firms – its large firms in particular – expand their trade and investment relationships within the region and beyond. FDI inflows are growing and a number of large merger and acquisition deals highlight the strength of many of these international firms. Challenges remain at the same time, as these results are more mixed at the country and sector levels and greenfield foreign direct investment inflows have recently been declining. Firms also continue to see a number of major challenges emerging within the region that will have to be addressed by individual countries and by the region as a whole, including obstacles related to trade, infrastructure and logistics, policy and regulation, and labour markets. The ASEAN Economic Community is expected to enhance cross-border production linkages further.

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