World Economic Forum on East Asia
3. World Economic Forum on East Asia
Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress
In the World Economic Forum’s recent Global Competitiveness rankings, the Philippines was the most improved economy, advancing an astounding 22 places from 2009. The country is also a founding and active member of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and its economy is the 40th largest in the world. As a newly industrialized country, the Philippines has been transitioning from an economy based on agriculture, to one based more on services and manufacturing and saw GDP growth surpassing 6.5% in 2012.
In this context, the 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia will be held in Manila, Philippines. This will provide an ideal platform for participants to address not only the region’s challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, but also to understand the ever more important geo-economic and geopolitical importance of ASEAN.
As one of the economically fastest-growing regions in the world, ASEAN is one year away from achieving a common market comprising 600 million people with a combined GDP of nearly US$ 2 trillion.
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Current confirmed co-chairs:
Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro – President, WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature, Switzerland
Takeshi Niinami – Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director, Lawson Inc.
James T. Riady – Chief Executive Officer, Lippo Group
Hamish Tyrwhitt – Chief Executive Officer, Leighton Holdings Ltd, Australia