Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner for economics, told CNBC, "I am not very concerned about a hard landing, there is always a risk but China has the resources sitting on more than three million dollars of reserves it has the instruments, it has much stronger control of the financial system the banking system then the US."
Umran Beba, Asia Pacific President of Pepsico, discusses opportunities for growth in Myanmar and notes the importance of a single strategy in the ASEAN region for the global F&B player.
Mustapa Mohamed, International Trade & Industry Minister of Malaysia says while there are different levels of development among ASEAN nations, they're all united about meeting the goal for integration by 2015.
Kittirat Na-Ranong, Deputy PM & Finance Minister of Thailand says the country must improve the standard of living for its people and rebalance the economy if it is to achieve strong, sustainable growth.
Sean Turnell, Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University says Aung San Suu Kyi's speech at the World Economic Forum illustrates her pragmatism. She knows that growing the economy is a top priority and understands the economic challenges that Myanmar faces.
Jaspal Bindra, Group Executive Dir & CEO, Asia, Standard Chartered says that the group is seeing huge growth in Asia and is looking at expansion in markets like Myanmar.
Rajeev Singh-Molares, EVP & President, Asia Pacific at Alcatel-Lucent says that after a particularly slow first quarter, Asia's mobile markets will rebound over the rest of the year. China will publish its plan for a national broadband network later in the year and this will drive growth in the mobile industry.
Gregory Bryant, President & General Manager, Asia-Pacific at Intel, says tablets and ultrabooks will drive the company's growth over the next few years.
Mari Pangestu, minister of tourism for Indonesia, told CNBC, "Tourism has been resilient vis-à-vis the euro zone crisis, even inbound tourism from Europe is still growing at about 2 to 4 percent last year as well as the first quarter of this year and on top of that tourism inbound from Asia like China, Korea and India is growing at 20/30 percent."
Europe should be “realistic,” devalue its currency and bear the pain of reforms so that it can emerge from the debt crisis stronger, like Asia did in 1997, said Bank of Thailand’s Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul.
Bringing Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister convicted of corruption, back to Thailand will bring ‘tension and conflict’ to the country, opposition leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told CNBC on Tuesday.