China-led AIIB is a welcome addition to help fund infrastructural developments in the region, says Japan-led Asian Development Bank's VP, Stephen Groff.
Governments should facilitate and manage changes that come with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says Lippo Group's deputy chairman, Ginandjar Kartasasmita.
There's still some way for the Asean Economic Community to be implemented across the various countries, says Muhktar Hussain, HSBC Bank Malaysia's CEO.
There needs to be more cooperation between Asean members to grow through innovation, reckons Martin Lakos from Macquarie Private Wealth.
The WEF wants to support closer ties within Asean, increase the region's competitiveness and highlight its potential globally, says WEF's Philipp Rosler.
Deyi Tan, ASEAN Economist at Morgan Stanley, says the recent change in the central bank's benchmark rate merely indicates it is improve policy sanctity, not stimulate markets.
While many ASEAN nations have joined the TPP, that won't hinder the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), explains Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of ASEAN.
OPIC's first representative office opened in Thailand, in hopes of stimulating more private sector FDI in Asia, says President Elizabeth Littlefield.
Vietnam's manufacturing sector has gotten a boost from China's restructuring and its property market is heating up, says Daryl Liew from REYL Singapore.
Rainer Michael Preiss from Taurus Wealth Advisors says ASEAN integration could work well, but the region needs to learn from the EU's mistakes.
China on Wednesday complained the media were ignoring radars and weapons deployed by other claimants in the South China Sea.
China has sent fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, where it deployed missiles earlier this month, U.S. government sources said.
Obama has been trying for two terms to push Southeast Asia to the center of U.S.-Asia policy, explains Ernest Bower, senior adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS.
Thailand saw healthy growth last year because the government's reform measures were successful, says Chadatip Chutrakul, CEO of Siam Piwat Company.
Wellian Wiranto, economist at OCBC, says despite China worries, he still expects a rate cut from the Indonesia central bank.
Nationalistic ownership laws that exist in certain member countries could pose a hurdle to the ASEAN Economic Community, , explains Jalil Rasheed, investment director at Invesco.
The ASEAN Single Aviation Market, which is still a work-in-progress, allows regional airlines to fly from their home base to any other point in Southeast Asia, explains Alan Tan, professor of Aviation Law at the National University of Singapore.
Challenges lie ahead for the ASEAN Economic Communityy (AEC) due to the diversity of member nations and their economies, says Tan Bin Eng, ASEAN government and public sector tax leader at EY.
A milestone for Southeast Asia would be more seamless labor mobility, which could give the poorer economies a lift, explains Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank.
Buying Southeast Asian regional banks would be a good way to get exposure to the ASEAN Economic Community, advises Michael Preiss, executive director at Taurus Wealth Advisors.