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".



The Evolution of Transport Arrangements

Global network corporations – major agents of contemporary globalisation – exploit economies of scale in their expanding markets and economies of scope from their corporate (knowledge, financial and marketing) networks, while locating and maintaining production centres world wide in order to take advantage of lower factor prices. These activities, which create a globally distributed production system and related flows of knowledge, capital, goods and services, have been made possible by and are making possible a variety of recent developments: innovations in transportation and complementary communication technologies; organisational and institutional innovations creating new logistical systems; reform of the regulatory regimes of the...


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