2018 Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2018 - Update

Promoting Opportunities in E-commerce

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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 update of the Outlook comprises two main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic monitor, depicting the economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region. And the second part consists of a special thematic chapter addressing a major issue facing the region. This update focuses on promoting opportunities in e-commerce.



Emerging Asia in the era of cross-border e-commerce

OECD Development Centre

E-commerce is becoming increasingly important around the world and Emerging Asia, and China in particular, is already playing a major role in this form of economic activity. While the e-commerce market remains smaller than traditional markets, further growth in e-commerce is expected in the future in the region and globally. The scale of e-commerce in the region and the potential for its further development are the result of multiple factors, including levels of ICT use, the development of ICT infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and logistics capabilities, the use of e-commerce payment systems, and the legal and regulatory environment. Among the most important policy areas to be addressed in fostering its continued development are improvements in connectivity, the development of digital skills and the provision of digital security.


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