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Remembering James M. Buchanan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2013 10:02

It is with sadness that we announce the January 9, 2013 passing of James M. Buchanan, Nobel laureate in economics and a founding member of the Fraser Institute’s Editorial Advisory Board. EFN Asia joins Professor Buchanan’s family, friends and colleagues around the world in mourning his loss and celebrating his life and achievements.

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The seminar “Reflecting on ‘Chongqing Model ’: System and Thought” PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2013 12:07

The Unirule Institute of Economics held the Seminar “Reflecting on ‘chongqing model ’: system and thought”jointly with Sina Blog in Beijing on December 26th, 2012.

Prof.Sheng Hong, Prof.Yao Zhongqiu ,Prof Xu Youyu, Prof. Hu Xingdou , Prof . Yang Fan , Dr. Yang Junfeng and Mr.Zhang Xiang were invited to the seminar and reached a consensus :Reflectiing on "chongqing model" is a reflection on the Chinese model.We should reflect on how "Chongqing model" came about, make clear the history of Cultural Revolution behind the Chongqing political events, and analyze the potential mechanism for its occurrence from a more widely and deeply perspective of history, rather than stay in the criticism of "Chongqing model" from a narrow criticism perspective.

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East Asia and Pacific remains bright spot in difficult global landscape PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 12:17

Growth will maintain momentum for poverty reduction but considerable risks remain, says World Bank East Asia and Pacific Economic Update

SINGAPORE, December 19, 2012 - Economies of developing East Asia and Pacific remained resilient despite the lackluster performance of the global economy. The World Bank’s latest East Asia and Pacific Economic Update released today, projects the region will grow at 7.5 percent in 2012, lower than the 8.3 percent registered in 2011, but set to recover to 7.9 percent in 2013.

With weak demand for exports from global markets, domestic demand has remained the main driver of growth for most economies of the region. The region’s economic performance in 2012, the report says, was affected by China’s economic slowdown.

China’s growth is projected to reach 7.9 percent this year, 1.4 percentage point lower than last year’s 9.3 percent and the lowest growth rate since 1999. Weak exports and the government’s efforts to cool down the overheating housing sector slowed down China’s economy in 2012, but recovery has set in the final months of the year. In 2013, China’s economy is expected to grow at 8.4 percent, fueled by fiscal stimulus and the faster implementation of large investment projects.

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CPPS National Education Blueprint Feedback Report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 10:57

The Centre For Public Policy Studies (CPPS) held a focus group discussion on 13th September 2012 In response to the National Education Blueprint (NEB) Preliminary Report released on 11th September 2012. Many aspects and concerns regarding the Blueprint were raised and deliberated.

Among those that attended and provided invaluable feedback to the discussion were Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam (Chairman of ASLI-CPPS), Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim (PAGE), Tan Sri Dr T Marimuthu (former professor of Education), Dato AR Peter (former Principal), Mr Khor Hong Yin (former Principal and Secretary of Methodist Schools), Ms Leow Lee Lin (educationist), Bro Anthony Rogers (Head, La Salle Schools), Dr Daniel Ho (former lecturer) and Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Ethnic studies, UKM) and many other education leaders.

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Are we really that corrupt? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 December 2012 10:36

By Wan Saiful Wan Jan

The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) released an interim report entitled “Understanding Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Malaysia” on Monday 26 December 2012.  We are inviting feedback before completing the paper, for final release in early 2013.

Even though the interim report is only a few days old, the number of responses we receive has been marvellous.  Many have provided very good suggestions on how we can improve the paper before finalising it, and others sent us some very angry criticisms.  Both are equally important to help us improve.

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