2019 Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2019

Towards Smart Urban Transportation

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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 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 economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region. The second part consists of a special thematic chapter addressing a major issue facing the region. The 2019 edition of the Outlook looks at smart cities, with a special focus on transportation. Addressing traffic congestion, in particular, is critical in realising the potential benefits of urbanisation for growth. The third part of the report includes structural country notes offering specific recommendations for each country, and the fourth part discusses the recent progress made in key aspects of regional integration.


Towards smart urban transportation in Emerging Asia

OECD Development Centre

Transportation challenges, particularly traffic congestion, can be a serious constraint to urban economies, in addition to creating a number of social and environmental problems. As a result of rapid growth in population and the use of private motor vehicles, congestion is a common issue in many Emerging Asian cities. Policy options to be considered in improving urban transportation systems include the development of efficient and accessible public transportation systems; implementing pricing and other mechanisms for affecting vehicle ownership and use; reforming land use and urban planning; adopting new modes of work, including teleworking and flexible hours; and incorporating new technologies, such as through smart city initiatives, in managing transportation challenges.



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