PASCN Research Institutions Convene to Tackle ASEAN Economic Integration Issues

The Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) member institutions from all over the country convene on Tuesday (July 25) to present and disseminate results and key findings of their studies to various stakeholders in its Annual Symposium.

Dubbed as “Beyond ASEAN@50: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Integration”, the symposium is organized by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) as lead convenor of the PASCN, in partnership with the De La Salle University-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (DLSU-AKI).

The forum is one of PASCN’s information dissemination activities to discuss important issues and concerns on Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and related issues, regional integration and globalization as it impacts on the Philippine economy.

This year’s theme is in support and PASCN’s contribution to the Philippines’ chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 and in celebration of ASEAN’s golden anniversary as a regional organization.

The other major activity of the forum is the general assembly and the business meeting of network members that aims to update them of PASCN’s accomplishments and provide them an opportunity to share their respective research endeavors concerning APEC agenda and other regional integration issues.

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Beyond ASEAN@50: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Integration
July 25, 2017 (8:30-1pm)
Salle de Toulouse & Avignon, Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle
Arellano corner Estrada Streets, Malate, Manila

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Researchers tackle PH’s major stumbling blocks toward ASEAN integration

The integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should be able to address not only economic growth but also poverty and income inequality, said Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) President Gilberto Llanto.

Speaking at a forum recently organized by the Philippine APEC Study Center Network, together with PIDS and the De La Salle University (DLSU) – Angelo King Institute, Llanto explained that while globalization and the opening of markets proved to be beneficial, policymakers have to “bear in mind that these should work for the people, especially for the so-called ‘left behind’".

Llanto noted that to feel the positive effects of the economic integration in the ASEAN, the Philippines needs to address a number of challenges, especially in ensuring that majority of Filipinos benefit from it.

Stumbling blocks

A study presented by DLSU research assistant Justin Eloriaga emphasized the need to look at the digital divide in the region to address the income inequality among ASEAN countries.

In today’s digital age, Eloriaga said their study found that “income inequality is negatively associated with the percentage of internet users, which suggests that higher percentage of internet users shows lower income inequality.”

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