KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Bernama) -- An Oxford Business Group editor says
investors are now looking at Asean as a self-sufficient competitive block which
allows the creation of a regional supply chain.
Paulius Kuncinas, Regional Editor for Asia, said instead of the member
countries competing against each other, more opportunities could be derived by
embracing the grouping as one large community to leverage on specialisation and
create economies of scale.
"Investors are seeing Asean as a whole rather than individual stories," he
"Despite the roadmap to the Asean Economic Community (AEC) which outlines
the blueprint for a single market by 2015, there are still those who are
sceptical about its implementation," he said.
Kuncinas said investors were not clear if restrictions would be lifted as
there were still protectionism tendency among Asean countries.
"We see Asean having the potential to be like European Union during its best
period before it broke down due to its failure in its social model," he said.
Kuncinas is not advocating a single currency like the European Union.
"Each country should retain its own monetary policy to respond to its own
circumstances," he said.