Supachai Panitchpakdi, the secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, feels productivity improvement and speedy regional integration must be the top priorities of Asian countries to raise their well-being and help create a more stable world economy.
He made the remarks at a forum hosted yesterday by the Thai-China Business Council, adding that Asean countries could speed up their cooperation process with their external partners under existing various frameworks. Developed nations have employed a strategy of aligning with some fast-growing economies to revive their stagnant economies through trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which clashes with Asean and its cooperation in the region.
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