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By Mia Mikic, Bruno Jetin

The release of the ASEAN financial group increases key matters: the deepening of neighborhood exchange and creation sharing, and the linked challenge of alternate price administration. This quantity questions the means of a shallow establishment to house complicated outcomes on employment and inclusiveness, creativity and connectivity, and inequality and social harmony. At a time while broader agreements are competing for nearby management, participants debate no matter if ASEAN can function a version of integration otherwise be diluted in wider Asian and Pacific preparations. methods mix economics, heritage, geography, and political technology to supply a transparent figuring out of ASEAN's power and weaknesses in technical and non-technical yet regularly readable terms.

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1). With the exception of Singapore, which following its separation from the Federation of Malaysia opted early for international integration, Southeast Asian countries pursued a strategy combining natural resource development and import substitution behind tariff and nontariff barriers (NTB). They attracted foreign investors, in particular Japanese investors, in joint ventures oriented toward domestic markets and manufactured product exports were fairly limited. 4 Per capita income (USD ppp) GDP (billion dollars) 50800 2570 4813 2989 16229 1959 4289 56228 9521 3552 141880 152950 18 19 938 12 351 70 321 307 453 186 2386 2674 Openness FDI Manuf VA (X+M)/ Stock/ (% of GDP) GDP (%) GDP (%) na na 26 na 29 na 25 24 38 21 ns ns 94 95 43 62 173 61 68 210 114 143 97 99 103 57 26 42 54 32 15 276 47 69 63 63 Source: Chelem Cepii, World Bank, Unctad.

These changes coincided with the appreciation of the Yen (“endaka”) imposed by the United States at the Plazza Accord (1985). Surprising many observers, Japanese companies chose to delocalize their manufacturing productions in ASEAN countries and to reorient their subsidiaries from domestic to exports markets. Within a decade, ASEAN countries became manufactured exporters and their growth accelerated. Despite their trade openness, ASEAN economies did not suffer from the slowdown of the global economy in 1990 and their resilience attracted foreign capital as, following the recommendation of the international financial institutions, ASEAN countries opened their capital accounts.

The proportion is higher in automobile manufacturing due to the success of the AICO program promoted by Honda and Toyota. The rate is low in the agri-food and electronic sectors as companies export from free trade areas. 7 Pelkmans (2009) and Hill and Menon (2010) estimate that if intrafirm transactions and exports from free trade zones are excluded, AFTA could explain one-fifth of intra-ASEAN trade. 8 While AFTA did not lead to an increase in intra-ASEAN trade, which was not its objective, the ASEAN dimension may have improved the FDI attractiveness of the region; however, no survey has measured it.

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