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Managing Financial Integration and Inclusion in ASEAN: Opportunities and Challenges ASEAN financial integration has been pursued since the endorsement of the Roadmap for Monetary and Financial Integration of ASEAN by the ASEAN finance ministers in 2003. Yet, many integration challenges remain. ADBI recently held a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, to address these challenges. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino attended the conference and spoke to the audience of senior government officials from the Asian region on the importance of mobilizing savings to promote financial inclusion. He added that savings can be tapped to finance domestic investment as in the case of the development of hometown investment trust funds in Japan. Read more.

Are Global Value Chains Inclusive?

Are Global Value Chains Inclusive? ADBI Research Director Ganeshan Wignaraja spoke at a panel discussion at the seminar Global Value Chains: Is Everyone Benefitting? at the Overseas Development Institute in London on 5 September. This seminar explored the role of global value chains in the economic development of Asia and lessons for other regions. Dr. Wignaraja emphasized that enterprise-level competitiveness strategies supported by market-friendly policies are necessary to spread the benefits of global value chains. Read more.

From Global Factory to Global Mall: East Asia's Changing Trade Composition

From Global Factory to Global Mall: East Asia's Changing Trade Composition East Asia has over the past two decades developed regional and global supply chains that have transformed it into a global manufacturing hub. A new ADBI working paper by Matthias Helble and Boon Ngiang shows that, apart from being a "Global Factory," East Asia is emerging as a major market for the consumption of goods. This reorientation has several implications; chiefly, East Asia will increasingly host high value-added downstream value chain activities. Read more.

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ADBI Monthly Reports
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Updated 8 September 2014
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