Regional Integration in the Asia Pacific

Issues and Prospects

image of Regional Integration in the Asia Pacific

This report, published by the OECD's International Futures Programme in co-operation with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in Australia, aims to stimulate informed debate about the main integration issues facing the Asia-Pacific region in the decades ahead.  It examines such issues as how the region compares to other regions of the world in terms of economic and political integration; regional co-operation on trade, investment and environment; and security and transportation concerns.  The book concludes with Mike Moore's "Reflections on Asia Pacific Integration".




"Think Global, Act Regional"

While this chapter mainly focuses on the economic aspects of regional integration, it will go beyond that brief because much of the benefit of integration comes from the synergies between the narrow economic issues and the broader social and political aspects. The economic ties that tend to be the usual focus of discussion on integration are the skeleton or framework on which other, equally important, issues can be built.


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