ASEAN PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST?

Speaking At ASEAN CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE/ASEAN PEOPLE’S FORUM

Kuala Lumpur 22-24 April

Inequality is eroding the economic gains from market integration and economic progress. It can lead to misallocation of capital and hamper poverty reduction and growth. It also runs counter to the AEC’s [ASEAN Economic Community] overarching goal of equitable growth with reduced development gaps between and within Member States. Growing inequalities is worrying not only for its economic impact, but also because it threatens the very social fabric of our societies and may in time become a threat to democracy itself.

A packed auditorium.

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