Globalization and Development in the Mekong Economies

Globalization and Development in the Mekong Economies

Edited by Suiwah Leung, Ben Bingham and Matt Davies

Since the late 1980s, Vietnam, Cambodia, PDR Lao, and Myanmar have been opening their economies to international trade and investment. With the exception of Myanmar, the reforms have yielded impressive results, but the process is far from complete. In this enlightening book, a group of leading scholars outline the continuing reform efforts needed to survive the current global recession and place these economies in a competitive position on the recovery of the world economy.

Preface

Edited by Suiwah Leung, Ben Bingham and Matt Davies

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, asian economics, asian urban and regional studies, development studies, asian development, development economics, economics and finance, asian economics, development economics

Extract

This book is a result of and has benefited greatly from the international conference entitled Globalization and the Mekong Economies held at the Australian National University, Canberra, in 2008. Regional experts contributing to the conference include Vo Tri Thanh, Doan Quang, Adam McCarty and Ngo Huy Duc from Vietnam, Kem Reat Viseth and Chap Sotharith from Cambodia, Bounleua Sinxayvoravong from Lao PDR, Mya Than and U Myint of Myanmar, and Biswa Bhattacharyay of the Asian Development Bank. Discussants from the Australian National University who are experts in the region include Premachandra Athukorala, Ligang Song, Greg Cutbush and Peter Warr. Although the comments and discussions from these and other participants at the conference are not specifically published in this book, they certainly impacted on the thinking of the authors and the final shape of the chapters. The conference was supported financially by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the International Monetary Fund. Organizational and staff support was provided by the Australian National University. As the world economy recovers from a crisis unprecedented since the Great Depression, the lessons of development through global participation remain for the latecomers to industrialization in the Mekong region. The sponsors and organizers are therefore to be thanked for their foresight in supporting policy studies of an important region of developing Asia. Furthermore, as many of the participants are former graduates of Australian universities, this conference and book represent an important activity in furthering the links between Australians and the people in the region. It...