ASEAN Connections: The Impact of Mega Trade and Investments in Asia

This report from the Economist Corporate Network (ECN), sponsored by Baker & McKenzie, looks at how mega-regional trade and investment initiatives in Asia will shape business strategy in ASEAN and beyond. The report is based on a global survey and in-depth interviews. 

ASEAN has been at the forefront of the emerging markets. However, with the slowdown of the Chinese economy, ASEAN countries will need to make an extra push. 

69% of the respondents think that being a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will make their countries more attractive to investment opportunities. Around 70% of respondents are already getting ready for China's trade initiative One Belt One Road (OBOR), although it may still be a future project. 


  • Introduction
  • Mega-regionals: Creating channels of connectivity
    • Mega-regional 1: China's "one belt, one road" (OBOR) initiative
    • Mega-regional 2: Free trade agreements in twenty-first century Asia
  • Reshaping the ASEAN business environment
  • What does it all mean for business?
  • Conclusion

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