Editions : August-October 2011

JOURNAL | GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Government entities are critical to growth in Asia, but significant reforms are often overlooked. Most of the Asian economies are enjoying the benefits of a sustained period of political stability and solid focus on macro-economic fundamentals, including healthy economic growth, current account surpluses, stable currencies, and rising foreign direct investment (FDI). However, after a certain stage of development, the adoption of a national comprehensive approach to competitiveness that encompasses both macro- and micro-economic fundamentals will differentiate successful economies from those that fall behind.

Based on our experience working with governments around the world, many leaders tend to focus on the common macroeconomic indicators when measuring success in economic development, as well as on the political reforms and initiatives required to drive development and growth. However, a less discussed though equally important factor is the work of the highperforming, effective government agencies.

In developed economies, the private sector and other organizations lead economic growth and development. However, in emerging economies, government agencies typically occupy the driver’s seat. As a result, we found in Asia and other economically emerging regions a significant correlation between the quality of the institutions, especially in government, and the level of national economic development.



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