Experts identify a crucial factor for Asean to realise its full potential

CIMB Bank chairman Nazir Razak said the trade war being waged by the United States against its major trading partners might "force us to work together and do more business together".
CIMB Bank chairman Nazir Razak said the trade war being waged by the United States against its major trading partners might "force us to work together and do more business together".PHOTO: REUTERS

HANOI - As one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, Asean holds much promise, but its potential can be fully realised only if it puts in place the right strategies for everything, from trade to urban planning, experts said on Wednesday (Sept 12).

Asean central bankers, banking heads and management consultants attending the World Economic Forum on Asean, said at a panel discussion on the economic outlook in Asia that they are upbeat about the prospects for the region, given its young population and growing middle class.

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