Research: Thailand’s export opportunities and export potential in ASEAN +3 Reply

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THAILAND’S EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPORT POTENTIAL IN ASEAN +3

By Ludo Cuyvers, Ermie Steenkamp & Wilma Viviers

The Asia-Pacific Region is rightly considered as the most dynamic economic region in the world (see e.g. Lasserre and Schütte, 2006). During the past decade the region has taken immense steps of regional economic integration, among which the creation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN+3 agreements between the ASEAN countries, Japan, China and South Korea. The commitments under AFTA have opened up less-developed economies such as Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for international trade and investment relations with the more developed ASEAN countries, among which is Thailand. At the same time, international trade and investment links between ASEAN countries, such as Thailand and China, have increased tremendously after the WTO membership of China in December 2001 and will deepen further under the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area which became operative in January 2010.

In this paper, we endeavor to make a quantitative assessment of Thailand’s export opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific region can be defined as consisting of the countries of East, South-East and South Asia along the Pacific Ocean. Strictly speaking, we should not include India, which is a SAARC country, bordering the Indian Ocean, but because of the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between ASEAN and India in August 2009 it seems appropriate to also include this subcontinent. Nevertheless, for the sake of comparability with some previous results, we decided to exclude India, and concentrate on ASEAN+3.  Therefore Thailand’s export opportunities in the other ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam), as well as in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea will be identified and investigated. More…

The weekly free lunch: 23-27 August Reply

If you lost track of the news stories of the week, our Weekly free lunch post will keep you updated.

Internationally the story of the week as was all about the pain in Spain. Bond yields have risen to over 7.5% following a government debt auction last Thursday, and the failure of one of the regions (Valencia) that now needs help from Madrid.

In South Africa The World Bank released a report highlighting inequality of opportunity and the challenges posed for growth and development. Big business came out in opposition to government’s proposed changes in labour legislation.

You can read all these stories on our Scoop.it page.

Nuus uit die Skool Reply

Hierdie was ‘n vol-stoom-vorentoe week in die Skool vir Ekonomie en daar is klas gegee en vergaderings gehou dat die stof staan.

Van die belangrikste brokkies nuus is dinge wat eers later vandag gebeur, waaroor ons volgende week mooi verslag sal doen:

  • Vanoggend praat besoekers van die Beijing Foreign Studies University by ‘n seminaar oor hoe om besigheid te doen in Sjina.
  • Prof Wilma Viviers stel haar boek Export promotion bekend by ‘n werkswinkel by die Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat (TIPS).

Net so wil ons ook volgende week meer skryf oor Prof Viviers en TRADE se nuwe band met Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal en met UNCTAD se Virtual Institute. Bly ingeskakel.

Laaste wil ons graag geluk sê vir die M-studente wat gister gehoor het dat hulle graad vang in September en ook vir hulle studieleiers.

Volgende week is Togaweek in die Skool en ons ontvang gasprekers uit die bedryf om vir studente meer te vertel oor die wêreld van werk en werksgeleenthede. Ons sal alles hier rapporteer!

 

Togaweek 2012 Reply

Die Skool vir Ekonomie hou elke jaar ‘n Togaweek wanneer ons werkgewers na die kampus toe nooi om met die studente te kom praat oor werksgeleenthede en die dinge wat hulle soek in graduandi. Die dosente en sprekers dra akademiese togas!

Hierdie jaar se program lyk soos volg: