FOSTERING INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MARKET FREEDOM AND CONSUMER EMANICIPATION
By Chong Li Choy
1986 18pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-027-X
While arguing against protectionism as a solution to the problem, the writer proposes that the way to make Asean industries more efficient and products more competitive is to free markets and enhance consumer emanicipation. The fundamental long-term needs of Asean industries are also pointed out.
THE THRUST TOWARDS SHIPPING COOPERATION
By G Naidu
1986 16pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-026-1
Although all the Asean countries are heavily dependent on trade, and hence, shipping, much of the region’s shipping services are supplied by foreign sources. In this assessment of the situation, the writer suggests some steps Asean shippers and shipowners could take to further their interests.
TOWARDS A LIBERAL TRADE REGIME
By Ooi Guat Tin
1986 18pp RM7.00/US$3.50 ISBN 967-947-025-3
The writer examines some of the major problems and issues facing Asean countries in their efforts to promote greater intra-Asean trade. Attention is focussed on the effectiveness of preferential trading arrangements (PTAS) and whether other ways can be adopted to supplement the basic efforts of expanding trade within the grouping.
THE QUEST FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
By Anuwar Ali
1986 30pp RM7.50/US$4.00 ISBN 967-947-009-1
For developing countries wishing to industrialise, the quest for the technology needed to expand domestic technological capability is a challenge fraught with problems and constraints. In highlighting these problems and constraints, the writer also examines the trends of global technology transfer and the extent of co-operation.
SOUTH-SOUTH MONETARY ARRANGEMENTS IN THE BALANCE
By Andrew Sheng
1986 18pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-011-3
Although the opportunities for South-South co-operation in the international monetary system are not lacking, the realised areas of co-operation are still limited. While elaborating on the implications of this lack of co-operation, the writer identifies the pressure points of financial co-operation and the possible areas of co-operation reform.
Bilateral, regional or global?
By Noor Adlan Yahayauddin
1986 12pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-010-5
This paper examines the status of South-South co-operation and the point it has reached before considering approaches that could be adopted to achieve it.
Obstacles and opportunities
By Wong Poh Kam
1986 35pp RM7.50/US$4.00 ISBN 967-947-008-3
Traditionally, direct foreign investment in the South nations has come from the industrially-advanced North nations and such investment is perceived as contributing to the present unequal North-South relationship.
This paper examines the possibility and merits of greater South-South co-operation as a strategic alternative to Northern dominance.
Options for a creative response
By Doh Joon Chien
1986 30pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947018-0
The problem of providing university places for Malaysian students is one which is becoming acute. Besides foreign education, this paper suggests that the country has to look for more creative solutions such as off-campus programmes, community colleges, open universities, and private universities to fulfil its requirements.
Where do we go from here?
By Vahan Zanoyan
1986 11pp RM5.00/US$2.50 ISBN 967-947-001-6
This paper provides a background to the events in the international oil market just before the onset of the 1985/86 oil crisis. Although rapidly~changing developments overtook some predictions, the writer’s ability to foresee the ‘extreme scenario’ which did result lends credence to some of the medium- and longer-term scenarios painted.
THE TIN CRISIS
By Gill Burke
1986 26pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-002-4
The writer delves into the history of previous tin agreements and the formation of the International Tin Council to seek some explanations to the crisis which faced the tin industry in 1985/86. The problems facing the ITC and the factors which brought about its downfall are also examined before worldwide effects likely to result from the chaotic situation are predicted.
THE VIETNAMISATION OF CAMBODIA
By J R Pouvatchy
1986 14pp RM4.50/US$2.50 ISBN 967-99974-9-9
In this analysis of the extent to which Cambodia has been ‘Vietnamised’, the writer delves into the historical relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia before Vietnam’s 1979 invasion and the political motivation behind its Vietnamese policy towards its Khmer neighbours.
STRATEGIES FOR SMALL-STATE SURVIVAL
By Hans H Indorf
1985 54pp RM7.00/US$3.50 ISBN 967-99974-0-5
For small states at the circumference of superpower activity, the chief concern is survival. This paper suggests strategies in equity, co-operation, defence, leverage and trans~nationalism to help reduce conflict situations in small states and thus help ensure their survival.
LESSONS FROM THE CARIBBEAN BASIN INITIATIVE
By Dilip Mukerjee
1985 36pp RM4.50/US$2.50 ISBN 967-99974-6-4
This paper examines the background behind President Reagan’s Caribbean Basin Initiative and its impact on trade, investment and tourist flows from the US before proposing conclusions to be drawn from the new US readiness to create special economic relationships in pursuit of geopolitical objectives.
MALAYSIA’S RICE POLICY:
A critical analysis
By Tan Siew Hoey
1987 70pp RM7.00/US$3.50 ISBN 967-947-047-4
Recent developments in the padi and rice industry have amply demonstrated the enormity of problems besetting the sector. A major contributory factor appears to be the pervasive intervention in the industry. This study traces the evolution of the rice policy against the context of the prevailing policy environment. The analysis covers the impacts of the policy on production and the redistributive goal and the efficiency of resource use in padi production. It also charts out the direction of the policy reform needed to facilitate structural adjustment in the industry.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOUTH-SOUTH CO-OPERATION
By Farooq Sobhan
1987 50pp RM8.00/US$4.00 ISBN 967-947-040-7
This analysis of the existing and feasible ways through which the South can achieve co-operation details the many options available and their merits. The writer also proposes recommendations for the better implementation of the Caracas Programme of Action and future directions of South-South co-operation.
THE PRIMACY OF ECONOMICS AND THE CENTRAL STRUGGLE OF OUR TIMES
By Mohamad Noordin Sopiee
1987 9pp RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-046-6
ISIS Director-General Dr Noordin Sopiee makes a case here for the Soviet Union and the United States to help build up a creative global interdependence. Pointing out that economics will increasingly be the primary determinant of history and that military power will have declining utility in the coming century, he argues the irrationally of the arms race at a time when both superpowers should be looking towards gaining superiority on the economic battlefield.
SECURITY ISSUES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
By Sir Ewan Jamieson
1987 l2pp RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-048-2
In this survey of the issues confronting the South Pacific — a region where some dramatic changes have taken place recently — the writer examines the effects of ANZUS disconnection, the withdrawal of the New Zealand battalion from Singapore, the coup in Fiji, the French connection, Maori activism, the Soviet impact and the American factor.
THE INTERNATIONAL DEBT CRISIS
1987 15pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-058-X
Three prominent members of the South Commission former Commonwealth Secretary-General Sir Shridath Ramphal, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic, Jorge Eduardo Navarrete and Third World Forum chairman Dr Ismail Sabri Abdalla – discuss the factors behind the debt crisis. Some possible solutions are proposed and the Mexican approach is discussed.
INDUSTRIAL R&D IN MALAYSIA:
Challenge and response
By Helen Sharmini Nesadurai
1986 48pp RM8.00/US$4.00 ISBN 967-947-000-8
With Malaysia having embarked on a new phase of industrialisation emphasising heavy, high-technology and resource-based industries, it is timely to examine the state of the nation’s research and development programmes. This paper discusses the country’s various research institutes and the problems facing them.
A CASE FOR A MALAYSIAN TRAVEL TAX
By Steven C M Wong
1986 26pp PM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-036-9
Growing foreign payment imbalances on the travel account have fanned widespread speculation in recent years about the possibility of a travel tax being imposed for Malaysia. This paper looks at the basic rationale for a travel tax and considers what it could achieve, before proposing some ways to impose this tax and target it towards selected groups of travellers.
EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS FOR MALAYSIA:
A survey of terrain
By Steven C M Wong and Mustafa Mohamed Najimudin
1986 26pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-034-2
While looking at the factors that will determine whether the growing numbers of working age Malaysians can be productively employed in the years to come, the writers pinpoint key influences on the present situation and identify probable directions and outcomes of labour market adjustments.
SELF-EVALUATION IN ENHANCING ORGANISATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY
By Chew Tow Yow
1986 25pp PM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-035~0
Proposing that the way to enhance organisational productivity is through self-evaluation, the writer looks at the task of instituting this from the perspective of the head of a public organisation. Planning and operational decisions that must be considered are highlighted.
US TRADE PREFERENCES FOR LDCS:
An Asean perspective
By Dilip Mukerjee
1986 32pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-033-4 (no stock)
This paper examines the GSP scheme by looking at its history and comparing it with other schemes. Objections raised by affected US interests, the changes made to the original scheme and the justifications given by the US administration are tackled before approaches that LDCs can adopt in negotiating with the US on the GSP scheme are suggested.
TWO VIEWS ON SUMMIT THREE
By Chin Kin Wah and Narciso G Reyes
1986 39pp KM6.50/US$3.50 ISBN 967-947-005-9
It is not without significance that 19 years after its creation Asean has held only two summits — the first in Bali in 1976 and the second 18 months later in Kuala Lumpur. Two views on the third summit are presented in two papers on ‘The question of a third Asean summit: Pros and cons, approaches and recommendation’ and ‘The Asean summit syndrome’.
FINANCE CO-OPERATION VIA HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
By Robert Chia Kay Guan
1986 26pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-029-6
In this assessment of some Asean financial institutions and regional measures taken to nurture financial cooperation, the writer argues that efforts to attain financial co-operation have not been fully explored. Areas to be considered in order to attain long-term financial market development objectives and their ramifications are examined.
ENERGY CO-OPERATION: STATUS AND OUTLOOK
By Rozali Mohamed Ali
1986 30pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-030-X
This paper provides not only an overall view of the status of prevailing Asean energy co-operation but also assessments of the energy economies of the six Asean
nations. The existing mechanisms for energy co-operation, their backgrounds and key areas of future co-operation are reviewed.
THE CONTINUING CRISIS IN THE PHILIPPINES
By Harold Crouch
1985 12pp RM4.50/US$2.50 ISBN 967-99974-1-3
Marcos’ imposition of martial law in the Philippines in 1972 triggered off a chain of events which was to change Philippine politics. The writer traces the developments from 1972-75 for this insight into the Philippine crisis.