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Southeast and East Asian counties in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) 2013-2014 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 September 2013 18:39

Today we see the release of the GCI. The index provides us the competitiveness landscape of 148 economies, giving insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

Our focus is the Southeast and East Asian regions. In general, the competitiveness landscape in the regions remains very mixed. It is home to some of the most competitive nations, including three members of the top 10 (Singapore (2nd), Hong Kong SAR (7th), and Japan (9th)) and some of the most dynamic and rapidly improving economies in terms of competitiveness, such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

On the other hand, a number of Asian countries, such as Timor-Leste, have been unable to improve their competitiveness. This year, the report covers two new countries in the region: Lao PDR (81st), and Myanmar (139th). With the latter two additions, the GCI now offers a full coverage of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In general, we see a lot of good signs of development but we cannot afford to be complacent. Market economic policy is essential in enhancing competitiveness and prevents economic protectionism.

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“How I See Constitutionalism” PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 September 2013 17:02

While many political reform advocates in China supported that firmly establishing the Constitution is a way to push change on the basis of a document that already constituted and represented a political consensus, some editorials issued colorful attacks on constitutionalism.  Wang Jianxun, one of EFN Asia individual members from China and an expert in constitutional law who earned a PhD in political science at Indiana University-Bloomington wrote an article called “How I See Constitutionalism” in the latest edition of Yuanhuang Chunqiu.

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Past Conferences and Avoiding the Middle Income Trap PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 17:16

By Nonoy Oplas, President, Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc.

Original article-http://funwithgovernment.blogspot.com/2013/08/efn-asia-26-past-conferences-and.html

The 2013 Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Conference will be held more than two months from now in Bangkok. The theme this year will be Asia, the Middle Income Trap and Economic Freedom.

EFN Annual conferences was initiated in Manila, cool. There were no specific topics in earlier years, only a broad discussion about "Economic Freedom in Asia." Succeeding years have themes, which revealed the important economic issues and concerns that affect our continent on those years.

Here is the list of past conferences.

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IDEAS to focus on the bottom 40percent, announces new senior appointments PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:14

14 August 2013, Kuala Lumpur - The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) announces today a new three year strategy to focus on researching for ways to help the bottom 40percent in Malaysia, and that it has made new senior appointments to support the implementation of this new strategy.

IDEAS chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan says:

“From now onwards, the overall theme of our work in IDEAS is making markets work for the poor, underprivileged and the disabled.”

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Friedman 101 and His "Eastern Europe Experiment" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:12
July 31, 2013 would have been Milton Friedman's 101st birthday. Today, more than ever, we need his vision. To honor the impact he has had on our society, and to help clarify his moral framework for freedom and free enterprise, The Lion Rock Institute will hold a cocktail evening to celebrate the ideas of the late Milton Friedman:
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