ASEAN Perspectives

Implications of United Nations tribunal ruling on the South China Sea dispute

Last October 29, the permanent court of arbitration under the United Nations unanimously issued its award on jurisdiction and admissibility in connection to the arbitration case between the Philippines and China. In a statement, the tribunal said that the award concerns only whether the tribunal has jurisdiction to consider the Philippines’ claims and whether such claims are admissible. The awards does not decide any aspect of the merits of the parties’ dispute.” The tribunal held […]

SEAMEO Innotech: Promoting regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization or SEAMEO is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region. In this episode of ASEAN in Focus, guests from SEAMEO talked about the upcoming 14th SEAMEO Innotech International conference.  Mr. Bennet E. Benoza, manager of SEAMEO’s  knowledge management and networking office,  and  Ms. Mitch Sarabillo, Senior Associate, Staff Development program […]

Importance of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard in the era of ASEAN Integration

In the era of ASEAN Integration, our companies and businesses need to keep up with the challenges of increasing global competition. One tool to help businesses and companies in the ASEAN region to achieve this is the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard. In 2009, the ASEAN finance ministers endorsed the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) implementation plan to promote the development of an integrated capital market. This initiative is undertaken in parallel with the efforts to […]

APEC leaders adopt Philippine-led initiative on micro, small, medium enterprises

  (MANILA) The leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies has adopted the Philippine-led initiative that aims to put micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at the forefront of regional and global trade by 2020. In their 2015 APEC Leaders’ Declaration issued following their retreat, the APEC leaders ordered their respective Ministers to implement actions laid out in the Boracay Action Agenda and report their progress to them by 2020. “We live […]

Asia Pacific businessmen cite need for new growth drivers, address rising income inequality

(MANILA) Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has finalized its recommendations for submission to the APEC Leaders to address challenges being faced by policymakers and businesses in APEC member-economies. ABAC 2015 Chair Doris Magsaysay-Ho, in a briefing Monday, said they expect their “two-fold” recommendations to generate new drivers of growth as well as address income inequality. She explained that the traditional growth drivers “are running out of steam.” “Export-led growth is […]

For the first time, APEC 2015 to focus on MSMEs

  By Caesar Vallejos Eagle News online correspondent (Eagle News) — For the first time, the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) will focus on micro-, small-, and medium-sized sized enterprises (MSMEs) through the APEC SME Summit 2015 on November 17 that highlights innovation as the enabler in transforming entrepreneurs as competitive market players in the global marketplace.  It will be held at the Green Sun in Makati City. “Innovation is a change of mindset that […]

Should the US patrol around China’s artificial islands?

By Andrew Chubb, UWA (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — The US defence establishment’s provocative plan to assert freedom of navigation by patrolling near China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea appears to have stalled. But if the United States abandons the policy it will forego an important opportunity to help stabilise Asia’s contested waters. In May, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter reportedly asked the US military to develop plans to send planes and ships within 12 nautical miles (nm) of China’s new […]

Malaysia’s troubles just beginning

By Andrew Harding, NUS (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — As it tussles with multiple crises of political legitimacy and governance, Malaysia has reached a decisive point in its more than half-century history as an independent nation. What started as a shocking but not exceptional scandal has turned into a political crisis of unprecedented proportions. This was underlined by the Bersih 4protests on 29–30 August in Kuala Lumpur, attended by an estimated 250,000 yellow-T-shirted Malaysians. First, it […]


MANILA – The Philippines and the European Union co-chaired an ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on “Raising awareness and promoting ARF cooperation on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risk mitigation” in Makati City, Metro Manila, on September 9 and 10, 2015. The workshop brought together 75 participants from the ASEAN member states, the European Union, Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand and the USA as well as the from the ASEAN Secretariat, the […]

APEC Finance Ministers launch Cebu Action Plan

  (Eagle News) —Finance Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) concluded the 22nd meeting by launching the Cebu Action Plan, a roadmap for a more sustainable financial future for the Asia-Pacific region. Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said that the “Cebu Action Plan” (CAP) that was launched on Friday, Sept. 11 was the  “work of a region facing forward in steadfast cooperation amid complex challenges and opportunities.” “We hope the CAP emerges as the lasting […]

World Bank exec advises Asia-Pacific countries to invest in education to address inequality

(LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu) Asia Pacific countries should invest in education and social protection to address inequality within their economies and this includes the Philippines, a World Bank official said on Friday. In his message during the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting here, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, Axel van Trotsenburg, said most poor households rely on labor as their only source of income. Making labor productive through quality education and skills […]