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Southeast Asia at the crossroads: Three paths to prosperity

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Southeast Asia is well placed to prosper in the twenty-first century. The region is strategically located between major markets like China, Japan and India, and has a young, growing population larger than either the European Union or North America. Indeed, if ASEAN were a single country it would already be the 7 th largest economy in the world with a combined GDP of $2.4 trillion in 2013. The region already attracts significant FDI, not least from Japan, and is a central hub for many global production networks. But further regional integration will be necessary if the region is to reach its full potential—not least through the realization of the vision for the ASEAN Economic Community...

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