lies beneath: getting to all that oil and gas
Mani Shankar Aiyar , Union minister for panchayati raj and sports
and youth affairs, held the petroleum and natural gas portfolio
from May 2004 to January 2006
The Indian Express, February 25, 2006
present, hydrocarbons — oil and gas — account for about
45 per cent of the national energy basket. Over the next two decades,
the share of natural gas in our energy needs is expected to rise
from the present level of about 6 per cent to 20 per cent while
the contribution of oil and gas together is likely to remain at
under just half of our total energy requirements. Therefore, whatever
we do about coal or nuclear energy or non-conventional sources of
energy or alternative fuels, in substantial measure energy security
will continue to be hydrocarbons security. Therefore, India’s
only hope would be to ensure energy security through integration
with the Asian hydrocarbons economy. And since the Asian hydrocarbons
economy is an integral part of the global energy economy, any Asian
regional cooperation would have to seamlessly merge into global
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the Man Who Is Bringing Asia Together
By William Pesek Jr.
Bloomberg, February, 15 2006
The next time you think your job is impossible, think of Haruhiko
It's not that the Oxford-trained economist and former Japanese Ministry
of Finance official is a glory hound. Rather, Kuroda is one of the
few policy makers who understand the importance of greater cooperation
in Asia and are in a position to do something about it.
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Asian countries can achieve Europe's standard of living: SM Goh
By Dominique Loh,
Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong also believes many countries in East
Asia have a good chance of joining countries in the First World
by 2030 or 2050 at the latest. In the next 25 years or so, countries
in East Asia can achieve Europe's present standard of living.
Goh gave his vision of an East Asian renaissance during his keynote
address at the 4th Asia-Pacific Round Table.
is a re-awakening, resurgence and renewed vibrancy in East Asia
but Mr Goh said the region is also diverse geopolitically.
Mr Goh believes East Asia's integration will be driven by the commercial
logic of the market.
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Asia needs genuine regional integration
Kak Soo Shin, South Korean Deputy Permanent Representative of the
Mission to the United Nations.
February 16, 2006
Asia took another significant step toward regional integration by
holding the first East Asia Summit (EAS) in Kuala Lumpur in December.
While the birth of this broader regional framework is welcome given
the inchoate state of regionalism in East Asia, the EAS deviated
from what the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) initially pursued.
It is high time to consider the implications of the EAS for the
prospect of East Asian regionalism. Triggered and propelled by natural
economic forces, East Asian regionalism has lagged far behind those
in other regions. The slow regional integration in East Asia might
be ascribed to several factors, such as profound diversity in many
fields, great power rivalry and lack of trust.
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a bolder approach to integrate Asia
Kumar, Director, ICRIER and Former Chief Economist, CII
Express, February 2, 2006
At the recently concluded Davos conference, one session was devoted
to a discussion on the prospects for integration of Asian economies.
A high- powered panel was put together—it included Mr P Chidambram,
India’s finance minister, Mr H Kuroda, the ADB president,
Dr Mary Pengistu, Indonesia’s minister for trade, Professor
Takatashi Ito of Tokyo University.
were the usual rhetoric references to Asia being the growth engine
for the global economy, the sterling economic performance of Asian
economies including those in South Asia, and the extensive complementarities
that exist within the region, pointing to the huge potential for
trade and investment expansion within the region. The discussion
invariably veered around the large number of regional trade agreements
(RTAs)—either already signed or in the pipeline—and
their likely impact on expansion of intra-regional trade and on
deeper economic cooperation in the future.
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