The signs of Southeast Asia’s digital transformation are obvious from its impressive tech “unicorn” companies, such as GoJek, Grab and Lazada, Sea, Tokopedia and Traveloka
But the subregion faces challenges to its prosperity likereducing poverty, climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy efficiency, food security.
The summits provide an opportunity for leaders to forge relationships, sort out differences and progress shared interests
Thailand can leverage its location and strengths in multiple business areas, as well as its readiness in terms of technology and the digital business sector
A confident, rules-based environment for international trade has made possible the remarkable improvements in East Asian living standards over the past 50 years.
The global debt-to-GDP ratio has grown beyond expectations since the 2007–08 global financial crisis, and governments will struggle to pay off the interest
Asia’s prosperity and political stability depends critically on its integration into the global economy through the rules-based trading system
Beijing’s action on climate change so far has been driven primarily by domestic concerns rather than international pressure