Forty years ago, many renowned scholars doubted whether Asia would ever experience economic growth. Asia, it was argued, lacked many important prerequisites to growth and economic development-in particular the ability to develop by increasing its role in the international economy. Therefore, UN agencies, the World Bank, and other institutions advocated a model of protectionism, population control and increased state intervention in general.
Today, Asia is an economic world power. The 'Asian tigers', the 'miracle economies' in Southeast Asia, and fast-growing China and India, all provide evidence in favour of the liberal development model. By general economic reforms and a liberal trade policy many Asian countries have improved welfare and the quality of life in a way that very few could imagine forty years ago.
What are the next stages in Asia's development cycle? Will China continue to grow at current levels? What reforms is China about to do-and what should it do? Will the reform process in India continue? What role will Southeast Asian countries play faced with the growing economic power of China and India? How does the current development affect Europe-and the world economy?
Welcome to a conference on the Asian drama!
DATE: November 24
TIME: 9am - 1pm
VENUE: Bygget, Norrlandsgatan 11, Stockholm
RSVP: By November 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 00 46 8 587 898 00
09:00 Asian Drama Revisited
Mr. Fredrik Erixon
09:20 Asian Economic Miracles and the Return of the Liberal Development Model
Dr. Kurt Wickman
10:00 Asia in the World Economy
Dr. Razeen Sally
11:00 Chinese Economic Reforms 2.0
Dr. Linda Yueh (tbc)
11:30 India - En Route to Reforms?
Ms. Anna Kinberg Batra
12:00 Panel Discussion
12:45 End Note
Fredrik Erixon is the Chief Economist of Timbro.
Kurt Wickman is a Professor of economics at Gavle University College and the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok. His new book, De asiatiska mirakelekonomierna ("The Asian Miracle Economies - Economic Liberalism, not Protectionism") is published by Timbro.
Razeen Sally is a Professor of International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and a leading expert on Asia's role in the world economy.
Linda Yueh is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a Professor of Economics at London School of Economics. Dr. Yueh has written extensively on Chinese economic policies and often appears in international media.
Anna Kinberg Batra is the vice president of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and former Member of the Swedish Parliament. Ms. Kinberg Batra serves on the Swedish parliamentary committee for labour market immigration, and earlier this year she published a best-selling book on India.
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