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The latest from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
December 2016

Featured Story

ERIA Organises World Tsunami Awareness Day 2016 in Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia - 15 December 2016: The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), in cooperation with the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) and the Government of Japan hosted an international symposium on 'World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) 2016 - Indonesia.' Read more.

Thoughts from ERIA

Rahmasari IstiandariAccelerate the RCEP to Consolidate Asian Regional Integration

Lurong Chen, Economist

There have been many statements in the media lately about the impact of the United States election on Asia, and specifically regarding President-elect Trump’s comments about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The authors have run the gamut from despair that TPP is lost forever to glee that the situation presents an unprecedented opportunity for proponents of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to get ahead. However, it is deceptive to understand either of these initiatives through such an oppositional framework. Indeed, in considering the goal of Asian Regional Integration, evaluating RCEP independently allows a nuanced discussion of why acceleration of the agreement is important right now, regardless of the status of TPP. Read more.

Top Stories

U Thein Sein: Asia Cosmopolitan Awards Prize is for My People

Myanmar's former President U Thein Sein hailed the Asia Cosmopolitan Award's Grand Prize as an honour for him and the Myanmar people. 'I am happy for the grand prize,' he told ERIA in an exclusive interview at the Headquarters of the Union Solidarity and Development Party in the capital. Read more.

ERIA and AIPA Sign MoU to Support ASEAN Parliamentary Members

ERIA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AIPA on 16 December 2016 in Jakarta. The MoU stipulates the cooperation between AIPA and ERIA in terms of research, capacity building programmes, as well as exchange of information regarding research outcomes and policy recommendations for economic related matters. Read more.

President of ERIA Delivers Keynote Lecture at the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environment

The sixth International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environment (SEE 2016) under the theme of 'Energy Climate Change: Innovating for a Sustainable Future' was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 28-30 November 2016. Read more.

President of ERIA Gives Keynote Speech at the 5th LNG Producer-Consumer Conference

On 24 November, 2016, the 5th LNG Producer-Consumer Conference under the theme 'Pathway towards Development of Global LNG Market' was held in Tokyo, organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) of Japan and Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC). Read more.

ERIA Jointly Organises the Brunei Halal Business Seminar in Tokyo

ERIA, in collaboration with JETRO and the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister's Office of Brunei Darussalam, organised the Brunei Halal Business Seminar 22 November 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. Read more.

ERIA Research Team Meets with Cambodian Minister to Discuss CADP 2.0 and IDP

A team of researchers from ERIA met with H.E. Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister attached to the Prime Minister of Cambodia, to discuss ERIA's Comprehensive Asia Development Plan 2.0 (CADP 2.0) and Cambodia Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025 (IDP) on 4 November, 2016. Read more.

ERIA CADP Research Team Conducts Site Visits in Cambodia

A research team from ERIA on the Comprehensive Asia Development Plan (CADP) travelled from Pleiku in Viet Nam to Poipet in Cambodia by car. The purpose of the road trip was to conduct a site visit to several infrastructure projects that are listed in CADP 1.0, CADP 2.0, as well as other projects related to the ASEAN Connectivity and Southern Economic Corridor of the Greater Mekong Subregion. Read more.


Featured Publications

Implications of Mega Free Trade Agreements for Asian Regional Integration and RCEP Negotiation

By Fukunari Kimura and Lurong Chen
ERIA Policy Brief 2016-03
Posted: December 2016

As mega free trade agreements (FTAs) are reshaping the rules of global governance, there is urgency for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take proper actions in response to the changing world economic order. Read more and download the paper.

Analysis of Distributed Energy Systems and Implications for Electrification: The Case of ASEAN Member States

By Han Phoumin and Shigeru Kimura
ERIA Discussion Paper 2016-28
Posted: December 2016

The study of distributed energy systems (DES) in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) highlights the potential role of DES to enhance electricity access and provide energy solutions as a modern energy system in response to increasing energy demand. Download the paper.

East Asia Update - November 2016

By Lili Yan Ing and Jaysa Rafi Prana
Posted: December 2016

ERIA East Asia Update highlights the latest macroeconomic trend of ASEAN+6 Countries. Download the latest update.

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Upcoming Events

The 2nd Economic Policy Modelling Workshop

Date: 9-13 January 2017
Venue: Vientiane, Lao PDR

Capacity Building Programme Participation in the 9th ASAE Conference

Date: 11-12 January 2017
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

The 3rd Asia Cosmopolitan Awards 2017

Date: 14-16 January 2017
Venue: Nara, Japan

The 3rd Workshop of Service Supply Chains

Date: 22 January 2017
Venue: Singapore

Innovation in ASEAN 1st Workshop

Date: 25 January 2017
Venue: ERIA Office, Jakarta

Digital Economy, Innovation and East Asia's Competitiveness in GVCs Cross Border e-Commerce in ASEAN and East Asia

Date: 10 - 11 February 2017
Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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