Moving toward an East Asian Community
Yoshio Okawara, The Japan Times, 28 September 2006

Regional integration can help drive costs down, say central bankers
Parista Yuthamanop, Bangkok Post, 19 September 2006

Play stronger role, Asian economies told
thestar.com, 16 September, 2006

What India and China can learn from each other
Ila Patnaik, Financial Express, 20 September 2006

Future challenges for Asian economies in changing world
David Burton, Asia-Pacific Department, IMF, Jakarta Post.com, 18 September 2006

"East Asian Economic Prospects and Challenges"
Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 7 September 2006





















Moving toward an East Asian Community
The Japan Times, 28 September 2006
Yoshio Okawara

Asian countries, looking at the historical development of the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement, have increasingly been conscious of the necessity to promote regional cooperation, and even regional integration, as a long-term target to ensure the peace and prosperity of the region.

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Regional integration can help drive costs down, say central bankers
Bangkok Post, 19 September 2006
Parista Yuthamanop

Singapore _ Greater financial integration within Asia would help reduce mismatches and transaction costs as a result of using the US dollar as the primary medium for settlement, say regional central banks.

But full integration and a common currency similar to the European Union could take decades, experts agreed at a discussion on regional integration at the annual IMF/World Bank meetings.

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Play stronger role, Asian economies told
thestar.com16 September, 2006

Asian economies should play a stronger role in the global economy through better financial integration after rebounding from the 1997/8 financial crisis, International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Rodrigo de Rato said. He said the success of Asia showed the IMF that the region would be more involved in the international economy.

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What India and China can learn from each other
Financial Express, 20 September 2006
Ila Patnaik

One of the biggest differences in the two countries has been in attracting FDI. India receives only a fraction of the FDI China does. Should India learn from the Chinese experience in how to attract large amounts of FDI?

While at first blush, the answer may be yes, one needs to look beyond the numbers. One of the reasons why China has attracted much higher levels of FDI is that it has given special preferences to foreign investors compared with domestic investors. India, on the contrary, offers a level playing field to domestic investors and consequently, does not make it relatively more attractive for foreigners to come.

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Future challenges for Asian economies in changing world
Jakarta Post.com, 18 September 2006,
David Burton, Asia-Pacific Department, IMF

This week's World Bank-IMF Annual meetings in Singapore are the first to take place in Asia since the Hong Kong meetings nearly a decade ago. As global financial leaders gather here, the contrast for the region could hardly be starker. In the intervening nine years, Asia has recovered from a financial crisis and re-established itself as the most dynamic and rapidly growing region in the global economy.


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"East Asian Economic Prospects and Challenges"
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 7 September 2006
Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank

Statement by Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank, at the 13th APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 7 September 2006.


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