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The Regional Economic Studies Programme regularly collaborates with regional knowledge partners to advance research on and understanding of Southeast Asian economies. Past and current collaborations include:

  • 2013: A flagship study by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) on Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia. The study aimed to facilitate more effective economic integration and cooperation between developing member countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia and addressed key issues on infrastructure investment and trade facilitation, especially in light of the opening up of Myanmar’s economy. 

  • 2013: ISEAS organized a conference on the Global Financial Crisis and its implications for Southeast Asia. This was done in conjunction with the ASEAN Studies Centre  and the Faculty of Economics of Chulalongkorn University. The conference aimed, among other things, to identify opportunities and challenges facing the region in the midst of the global economic slump when developing Southeast Asia leverages on an ever-expanding role in the global business environment.

  • 2013-2014:  The High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF-EI) tasked ISEAS and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) to prepare a Vision Paper on the ASEAN Economic Community beyond 2015. The two institutions presented a non-paper at the HLTF-EI meeting held in Singapore in July 2013 which, among other things, proposed a methodology to be used in preparing the paper and identified various areas to be covered. A follow-up presentation to the HLTF is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

  • 2015: RES will be organising the 37th Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) Conference on the “The Middle-Income Trap”. The PAFTAD Conference series is an informal private academic conference series and is held every 12-18 months. Each conference is organised around a clearly defined theme related to trade and development.