• 09
    May
    2017

    Co-organized with Korea University and UNESCAP-ENEA, the ADB conference—held on 13-14 June 2017 in Seoul—brought together over 50 academics, senior policy makers, and representatives from international organizations to discuss the role that regional integration, through trade and investment, can play in bolstering economic resilience. See event page for the agenda and presentation materials.

  • 08
    Jun
    2017

    Amidst the global spread of protectionist sentiment, Asia’s push for trade liberalization persists. Two Asian economies, the People's Republic of China and Georgia, have signed a trade pact on 13 May 2017. A number of FTAs involving Asian economies and non-regional partners are currently being proposed, suggesting Asia’s move to expand trade outside the region and explore new export markets. 

  • 10
    Apr
    2017

    Amid a growing lack of openness to trade, discussions on how to discourage imports are gaining momentum. Jong Woo Kang, ADB Principal Economist and ARIC Team Leader, explains why penalizing imports is a bad idea.  Read more here.

  • 12
    Apr
    2017

    Recent improvement in global economic outlook, largely due to better growth prospects in major economies and increase in trade flows, can be a boon for FDI. But as some countries pursue more inward looking economic policies, how would this bear on the link between international trade and investment?

  • 26
    Apr
    2017

    ADB Principal economist and ARIC Team Leader Jong Woo Kang's latest blog explains the role of good governance in ensuring efficient and fair allocation of resources.

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Publications

December 2016
Examines current trends in trade and global value chain; financial integration; movement of people; and subregional cooperation and initiatives, with a special chapter on the role of FDI in Asia and the Pacific.
December 2015
Examines current trends in trade, finance, migration, remittances and other economic activities in the region, with a special chapter on the role of special economic zones.
November 2014
This semiannual series combines regional economic and financial monitoring, and an assessment of developments in regional cooperation and integration.
1992–2016

What We Learned about Foreign Direct Investment in Asia (Part I)
15
May
2017

What We Learned about Foreign Direct Investment in Asia (Part I)

The policy regime as reflected by the business environment appears to help attract FDI, particularly greenfield investments, especially for economies with low scores for governance. This does not mean, however, that improving the business environment can substitute for governance reforms.

Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs
26
Apr
2017

Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs

Good governance is too broad a concept to be covered under a single political system in any country. But the crucial factor underpinning effective governance is where the decision-making authority lies, and how it is exercised. Authority should be accompanied by accountability and responsibility, without which good governance cannot be enshrined into any system.

Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus
12
Apr
2017

Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus

Recent improvement in global economic outlook, largely due to better growth prospects in major economies and increase in trade flows, can be a boon for FDI. But as some countries pursue more inward looking economic policies, how would this bear on the link between international trade and investment?

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape
15
Feb
2017

The resurgence of bilateralism and Asia’s evolving FTA landscape

Against the backdrop of rising bilateralism in the West, where does Asia stand? Is the region moving towards the same direction or is it charting its own unique course? Understanding the evolution of Asia’s FTA landscape holds the key to these questions.

What type of protectionism should we fear?
30
Jan
2017

What type of protectionism should we fear?

US President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both moves suggest his pre-election rhetoric of criticizing the current international trade regime is being translated into concrete action.

What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?
14
Nov
2016

What did we learn from the US election on globalization, trade?

The outcome of the US presidential election on 9 November was historic in that it provides a yardstick against which to assess where popular sentiment is heading on important issues such as globalization, inequality, and international trade.