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Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2017

Addressing Energy Challenges

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The Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India is a bi-annual publication on regional economic growth, development and regional integration in Emerging Asia. 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 China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region. The 2017 edition of the Outlook comprises four main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic monitor, depicting the near-term and medium-term economic outlooks, as well as macroeconomic and regional integration challenges in the region. The second part discusses the recent progress made in key aspects of regional integration. The third part presents this edition's special focus: addressing energy challenges and renewable energy development in particular. The fourth part includes structural policy country notes offering specific recommendations.

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Structural policy country notes

OECD Development Centre

Domestic structural reform is critical for long-term sustainable growth and further regional integration in Emerging Asia. To sustain the robust economic growth, countries in the region need to cope with several structural policy issues. These structural policy country notes highlight several key areas for reform in each of the ASEAN member countries, China and India. Some common priority areas for reform in the region include infrastructure, education and skill development, tourism, FDI, and energy, though the challenges faced in each country are unique and varied. These notes discuss current policy environments and include recommendations for achieving development goals. Where relevant as examples for Emerging Asian policy makers, the experiences of OECD member countries are also shared.

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