MBS partners to discuss risks to unified South-East Asia


Gary Sampson, Melbourne Business School professor and former World Trade Organisation director, was among the eminent speakers at The Economist South-East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
The summit, at which MBS was a partner, examined challenges to nations in the region successfully integrating into the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year to create a 10-nation market with a combined GDP of more than $2 trillion.

The ASEAN group already constitutes the world’s seventh-largest market, but differences in income, concerns over transparency, security and corruption, and the risk of reduced infrastructure investment if China and the global economy stumble could mean a bumpy ride ahead for greater integration.

Professor Sampson, the John Gough Chair in the Practice of International Trade at MBS, spoke about the importance of improving supply chains and creating consistent regulations across the community if South-East Asia is to expand as a global trade hub.

Other speakers, including Stephen Groff from the Asian Development Bank and CIMB Group chairman Nazir Razak, considered whether integration would create a level playing field or exacerbate regional inequalities.

If you missed the summit and would like to see more of our faculty in action in South-East Asia, register for the MBS analytics events in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur in September, where Professor Ujwal Kayande, who teaches on our MBA and Master of Business Analytics programs, will discuss how organisations can succeed in a data-rich world without being blinded by the light.