New Asia Forum
for An Asian Economic Community
cannot but be captivated by the vision of an integrated market,
spanning the distance from the Himalayas to the Pacific Ocean, linked
by efficient road, rail, air and shipping services.
community of nations (an Asian Economic Community, which encompasses
ASEAN, China, Japan, Korea and India) would constitute an “arc of
advantage”, across which there would be large-scale movement of
people, capital, ideas and creativity. Such a community would be
roughly the size of the European Union in terms of income and bigger
than NAFTA in terms of trade.
would account for half the world’s population and it would hold
foreign exchange reserves exceeding those of the EU and NAFTA put
is an idea whose time is fast approaching, and we must be prepared
for it collectively.”
Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh
the time has come for Asia to build its own economic community.
An Asian Community that could enable the region to consolidate
its growth and emerge as the centre of gravity in the world economy.
Voices for more intensive cooperation among Asian countries are
emanating from different places. It is also evident from the importance
being attached by different Asian countries to regional economic
integration at the bilateral or sub-regional levels. The
think tank community of Asia has a critical role to play in realising
the dream of building a New Asia by showing the
way forward to the policy makers with specific proposals for implementation.
New Asia Forum seeks to fulfill this role, in a two-pronged way.
Firstly, it serves as a dedicated network of think tanks
and individuals in Asia devoted to assist this process
of regional integration. Secondly, it serves as a platform
for exchange of views, dissemination of ideas and policy research
by providing all the relevant information and resources
on the subject. The Forum serves as the best archive on
issues of regional cooperation and inegration in the Asian region.
It also focuses its efforts on reaching out to the policy makers
so as to bring about the groundwork initiated for the evolution
of An Asian Economic Community. The Forum would aim to also
focus on the process of Asian regional integration in an all pervasive
New Asia Forum welcomes all to this process of building a New Asia.
and Contributions (Ideas, Information or Articles) are invited from
New Asia Forum is an initiative of the Research and Information
System for Developing Countries (RIS). RIS is an auotonomous policy
think-tank, based in New Delhi, specialised in trade and development
issues. Its work programme focuses on multilateral trade negotiations,
regional economic integration in Asia, new technologies and development
and South-South Cooperation in general, among other issues. The
work of RIS is published in the form of research reports, books,
discussion papers and journals. For more information about RIS and
its work programmes, please visit: www.ris.org.in.