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ADBI launches ASEAN 2030 report in Singapore Dean Naoyuki Yoshino launched the ADBI report ASEAN 2030: Toward a Borderless Economic Community at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore on 17 July. The study, conducted in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat, makes the case for ambitious economic integration in Southeast Asia. As ASEAN designs its post-2015 agenda with a view to strengthening its role as a hub of Asian dynamism, the report urges ASEAN members to adopt an appropriate policy mix including domestic structural reforms and bold actions to further deepen regional integration—transforming the ASEAN Economic Community into a truly borderless economic community.

The launch was attended by ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, who gave a keynote speech on the challenges for the post-2015 ASEAN agenda. More than 120 people, including 30 high-ranking policy makers from ASEAN countries, also attended. Read more.

Asian and Latin American Trade Increasing But More Investment Needed

Asian and Latin American Trade Increasing But More Investment Needed Trade between Asia and Latin America is becoming more intertwined as the two regions have experienced greater growth and economic openness. A joint seminar by ADBI and the Inter-American Development Bank on 15 July took stock of this burgeoning commerce and concluded that Asian and Latin American trade has huge growth potential that could reach $750 billion by 2020, but to achieve this will require more investment, improved productivity, and a reduction of red tape. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino moderated the event, which was attended by 80 senior policymakers, academics, and private sector representatives. Read more.

Boosting SME Lending in Asia to Sustain Growth

Boosting SME Lending in Asia to Sustain Growth ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino emphasized the importance of lending to small and medium-sized enterprises for Asia's sustainable growth, as well as the importance of gathering information on SME credit risks at a recent joint workshop of ADBI, the Bank of Thailand, and the Japan Financial Services Agency in Bangkok. Dean Yoshino also met with Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Triratvorakul to discuss technical cooperation on credit risk databases and SME financing.

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Updated 18 July 2014
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