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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-

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.

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:
Freedom Caravan 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:38

What is Freedom Caravan?

Freedom Caravan is an internationally recognised program that brings young people together  to explore ideas about individual liberty and economic prosperity.The program consists of engaging talks, working groups and discussion on a chosen theme in campuses across the country.Similar programs have been organized by sister-organizations across the globe in countries such as Brazil, Turkey, Germany, and Kyrgyzstan.

Why Freedom Caravan?

  • To expose young people to the moral and intellectual foundations of a free society;
  • To help create a positive perception of liberal ideas among young people in India, especially regarding ways in which liberal policies can advance the dignity and prosperity of the poor;
  • To identify students and local leaders interested in liberal ideas in order to develop a support network of likemindedindividuals  committed to advance liberal ideas in India.
  • To raise awareness about CCS programs, courses, and campaigns.
"Asia Driving the World: How leading ASEAN CEOs see the future of the fastest-growing region and beyond" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:16

Bangkok, Thailand

The event is full with top ASEAN business leaders. They discussed broadly about the future of Asia, especially ASEAN, with the 2015 launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) expected to present huge economic opportunities for businesses both within the group's 10 member countries and beyond.

Asia’s Story of Growing Economic Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 July 2013 14:05
By Razeen Sally
Policy Analysis No. 725 from Cato Institute

The global financial crisis reinforced a sense that the world is "shifting East"—to Asia. The essential story of modern Asia is its unprecedented expansion of economic freedom, enabled by market liberalization. Economic freedom, however, remains substantially repressed across the region.

There are three key policy challenges to expanding economic freedom in Asia today. The first is to open up financial markets, which remain backward and repressed by command economy controls. The second is to renew trade and foreign-investment liberalization, which has stalled since the Asian crisis of the late 1990s. And the third is to open up energy markets, which, even more than financial markets, are throttled by government interventions.


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