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South Asia: A development strategy for the information age

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  • Hamid, Naved

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Over the last 50 years, Asia has been the most successful region in the world in terms of rapid economic development. The success of Asia is largely because of the adoption of the (Manufactured) Export-Oriented Growth Strategy or (M)EOGS by one group of countries after another. (M)EOGS, modeled on Japan’s postwar strategy, was successfully followed by the four “Asian tigers” (Hong Kong, China; Singapore; Republic of Korea; and Taipei, China). It was subsequently, adopted by a number of Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand), followed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and, more recently, by Viet Nam. The question is: Will this process continue to extend to other countries in Asia, with South Asian countries ultimately becoming the manufacturing export power houses of the future? The answer to the first part of the question is probably yes, and to the second part, probably no—and therefore the need for an alternate strategy. This paper looks at some features of (M)EOGS in East/Southeast Asia, its limitations in the case of South Asia, and then present an alternative development strategy which may be more appropriate for South Asia.

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  • Hamid, Naved, 2006. "South Asia: A development strategy for the information age," MPRA Paper 9689, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:9689
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    1. Ahmed, Sadiq & Ghani, Ejaz, 2008. "Making regional cooperation work for South Asia's poor," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4736, The World Bank.
    2. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) South and South-West (ed.), 2012. "Regional Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: South and South-West Asia Development Report 2012-2013," SSWA Books and Research Reports, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) South and South-West Asia Office, number brr4.

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    Keywords

    Alternative development models; Trade; Regional cooperation; Economic integration; South Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O25 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Industrial Policy
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology

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