ASEAN Economic Integration: Status And Challenges

ASEAN Economic Integration: Status And Challenges

Monday, 9 November 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Venue: 
Clock Room
Speaker(s): 
Noor Azlan Ghazali

The Association of Southeast ASEAN Nation or ASEAN is transforming itself from a mere inter-governmental organisation into a Community at the end of 2015. The ASEAN Community will include the ASEAN Economic Community, covering all ten ASEAN Member States, with a market potential of 650 million people, with a Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of around USD 600 billion dollars, expected to be the fourth largest economy in the world in 2030. The formation of the ASEAN Economic Community is not without challenges due to the diverse nature of the ASEAN Member States ranging from a least developed economy and politically Myanmar, landlocked Lao PDR and stronger economies in Malaysia and Singapore. Moving from 2015 into 2025, the ASEAN Economic Community faces many challenges in its quest for integration, mainly in ensuring a higher level of integration, competitiveness and sustainability among the ten ASEAN Member States. The lecture will explore the status of integration and the future challenges to ASEAN. 

Professor Datuk Dr Noor Azlan is the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and an economist. He is the Commonwealth Fellow of Financial Economics & Banking at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as well as the Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University He currently heads the Economics and Management Cluster at the Majlis Profesor Negara (National Council of Professors, Malaysia). From April 2006 till September 2009, Professor Noor Azlan was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department.       

An event co-organised by the Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and the World Trade Institute, University of Bern.