Is the Future Configuration of Currency Arrangements in East Asia Likely to Resemble that of Europe?

The momentum towards free trade, Asia’s growing wealth and the space for an international financial centre in this time zone, will help China cement its status as the region’s dominant economy but ensure there will be no European-style financial integration, JCI President Professor Woo Wing Thye argued in a recent lecture at Sunway University. Continue reading “Is the Future Configuration of Currency Arrangements in East Asia Likely to Resemble that of Europe?”

The Middle Income Trap Phenomenon: First in Latin America, now Southeast Asia?

Malaysia’s economic and political reform initiatives can lift the country out of the “middle income” trap and help it join South Korea and Taiwan among the world’s richest nations, providing the plans are implemented effectively, Professor Woo Wing Thye said in the inaugural Sir John Monash Distinguished Public Lecture at Monash University Malaysia. Continue reading “The Middle Income Trap Phenomenon: First in Latin America, now Southeast Asia?”

Obama-mania

by: Prof. James Chin, Director of Governance Studies Programme at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

Obama-mania Coming! The visit could not come at a more symbolic time. The last time a sitting American president came to Malaysia was in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson came for a quick visit. That was 48 years ago..

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