Downloadables: reflection papers from Dr. Rene Ofreneo

Two reflection papers from Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo on ASEAN and investments now available for download:

Closing the Development Gap: An ASEAN Puzzle

In 2006, the Economic Ministers of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) made a bold pronouncement: they are advancing to 2015 the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a seamless and tariff-free regional economy. Under the Bali Concord of 2003, the AEC is one of the three pillars underpinning the ASEAN Community (AC); the other two pillars are the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) and the ASEAN Security Community (ASC) . In January 2007, in their Summit in Cebu, the ASEAN Leaders reaffirmed the regional resolve towards a full AEC when they declared that the vision of one ASEAN Community is being advanced to 2015, from the original 2020.

But can the ASEAN really develop a seamless and integrated regional economy in a span of seven or eight years? To find out, click here.

Hedge Funds and Equities: Defining the Social and Labor Rules of Investment

Its bubble time in Asia once again. Stocks are at all-time high everywhere. Asian currencies are clobbering the once almighty US dollar everywhere. The real estate business is booming everywhere, with the glut of office spaces disappearing and new office buildings dotting Asia’s commercial skylines. This boom is further fueled by the global business process outsourcing (BPO), which is spreading from India and the Philippines to China, Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian countries. Investments, foreign and domestic, backed up by the big banks and financial houses, seem to be flowing and criss-crossing everywhere. As Goldman Sachs and other international credit rating agencies put it, Asia is one giant ‘emerging market’ for hungry investors. Click here, to continue.

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