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October 22, 2009

China must keep its eyes fixed on the exit

China, like much of the world, is breathing a sigh of relief that economic disaster has been averted. Better-than-expected macro-economic data are driving growing optimism. But government officials and businessmen should not delude themselves: going back to pre-crisis ways would be a serious mistake. By Asia Business Council Chairman Qin Xiao.

October 1, 2009

Asia Business Council Members More Upbeat (PDF)

A survey by the Asia Business Council has found that its members–who are the chairmen and chief executives of leading Asian companies or multinational corporations – are significantly more optimistic about the economy.

September 29, 2009

Asian Businesses Embrace Optimism

Asian business leaders are confident about economic recovery, according to a survey of companies that have a market capitalisation of more than $1,000 billion.

September 27, 2009

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2009

Asia’s Chief Executive Perspectives The Asia Business Council’s fourth annual survey revealed that members have a more optimistic economic outlook and believe the worst is over. The survey also asked about overall investment plans and trends affecting the Asian business environment and the executives’ own businesses. Highlights of the survey findings are as follows: 67%

January 14, 2009

The Aborted Revolution

A new study contends that China never lived up to the promise of its early economic reform. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.

November 8, 2008

Spared By a Green Thumb

China’s position on the environment has been encouraging but implementation has hardly kept apace. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.

November 28, 2007

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2007

Asia’s Chief Executive Perspectives The Council’s second annual survey, conducted in September- October 2007, found increasing (and, as it turned out, well-founded) concern among members about the global economy. Other issues of concern were of a long-term nature. These included: The availability of a high quality work force—education quality, and entrepreneurship and innovation—remains a top

September 28, 2006

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2006

Asia’s Chief Executive Perspectives (2006) The Council conducted its first annual survey of members in October 2006. This poll is designed to gauge Asian business leaders’ views on regional and global issues. The 2006 survey found that access to a high quality workforce is the top issue for business and that energy and environmental issues

November 28, 2002

Education and Continued Economic Growth in Asia

Education is critical to continued economic growth and development. In a Time magazine article, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Education said: “The existing education system has produced reliable managers for predictable times, but it now needs to produce a new breed of leaders who have a certain ruggedness, an ability to respond

November 30, 2002

The Asian Business Community and the WTO

By Daniel H. Rosen and Jacob Kirkegaard The evolving relationship between the private sector and government is of great importance to the Asia Business Council. We believe it is critical to benchmark the current relationship between business and government in terms of policymaking with the aim of ascertaining whether the status quo warrants change. To achieve this goal,