The Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India is a bi-annual publication
on regional economic growth, development and regional integration in Emerging Asia.
It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar,
the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic
issues in China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region. The
Outlook comprises three main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent
economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic
monitor, depicting the economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region.
The second part consists of a special thematic chapter addressing a major issue facing
the region. The 2020 edition of the Outlook looks at human capital development, with
a special focus on education for the digital era. The digital era is bringing important
new developments for businesses and the workforce. As success in the digital era will
require a new set of skills, education systems will need to adapt. Emerging Asian
countries need to address certain challenges including improving ICT infrastructure,
enhancing capacity of teachers, adapting curricula, as well as enhancing the role
of TVET and lifelong learning. The third part of the report includes structural country
notes offering specific recommendations for each country.