Drivers of Asean Economic Integration
The 42nd Conference of Federation of Asean Economic Associations
Date : 5 - 8 December 2017
Venue : Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

The Malaysian Economic Association (MEA) will be hosting the 42nd Annual Conference of the Federation of ASEAN Economic Association (FAEA) from 5th to 8th December 2017 in Petaling Jaya. The theme of this year’s Conference is "Drivers of ASEAN Economic Integration" in partnership with the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia.

The FAEA comprise the economic associations of the seven ASEAN countries – Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The FAEA endeavors to provide useful inputs to economic development of the region. These conferences also raise Malaysia's profile as a center for economic research in Southeast Asia. More than 300 regional and international economists will be attending this event.

The theme for this year’s Conference augurs well with the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN, extending the much needed narrative of economic integration in today’s global economic climate. Register now for the 42nd annual conference of the FAEA.


The Malaysian Economic Association is pleased to announce the 42nd FAEA (Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations) conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 5th to 8th December 2017.

Since its inception in 1967, ASEAN has encountered many challenges, from dealing with political adversity and the admission of new member states, to economic crises of the magnitude of the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 – 1998. ASEAN has overcome these challenges without sacrificing its core principles. ASEAN must muster all its resources in its drive to achieve greater integration. Growing geopolitical contests that pit a rising China against the reigning hegemony of the United States are increasingly impacting ASEAN countries collectively or individually, with issues that threaten to divide rather than unite. Political and economic convergence of views are now more urgent than ever if ASEAN is to remain intact as a regional grouping with a global voice.

The objective of this conference is to bring together economists, researchers, industrialists and policymakers to debate on issues faced by regional economies and stimulating new ideas on drivers of ASEAN integration.


What these resources are, and the challenges they face in pursuing integration, constitute the overarching theme of this conference, Drivers of ASEAN Integration. Five sub-themes are proposed for debate. These are:
  • Productivity for sustainable growth
  • Inclusive growth to address inequality
  • Growth through competition, and reducing role of the state
  • Trade integration
  • Meeting the challenges of integration in the face of geopolitical contests
The organizers are hopeful that wide-ranging discussions of the above sub-themes will coalesce into a coherent agenda for ASEAN as it charts its course in these challenging times. It is also expected that experts and researchers at this conference will contribute to new thoughts and ideas on how best countries can drive ASEAN economic integration to the benefit of ASEAN and its members. Further, given the currency and significance of this theme, it is hoped that a volume in the economic journal can be compiled so that important insights can be disseminated to a wider audience.


  • Researchers from academia, think-tanks, regional institutions and students
  • Business leaders with current and potential investments in the Malaysian economy sectors
  • Ministers, policymakers, political leaders, senior government officials and key economy exporters
  • Business specialists – business professionals, mid-level managers, business development managers, analysts, risk professionals in industrial sectors and financial institutions
  • Owners of business enterprises

Please find the Agenda here (pdf).

The conference will be held in English

Regular: RM650
Students: RM450

Registration fee include: Conference Kits, Certificate of Presentation, all refreshments and meals during the conference including welcome dinner and dinner talk on Day 3 (tbc).

MEA will waive the conference Fees for the 2 official Delegates from the Economic Society / Association.

Registration Form

Registration Fee of US$170 OR RM650 and RM450 for Student (waived for paper presenters and official delegates of member Association / Society) by

Account details:
Payment made payable to : Persatuan Ekonomi Malaysia
Account No : CIMB 8001279279
Swift code : cibbmykl

  • Extended Deadline for Submission of Full Paper: October 15, 2017
  • Notification on Acceptance of Papers: October 30, 2017

Manuscripts must be in English. Papers should be processed in Times New Roman with line spacing 1.5 and font 12. The first page of your manuscript should include: paper title, author’s name(s) and affiliations, contact information and e- mail address, and an abstract of less than 300 words (detailed enough to encourage the reader to explore the whole paper). Please note that all papers must be submitted online in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats to

The World Bank Group (Global knowledge & Research Hub in Malaysia) will sponsor accommodation, flight ticket and the conference fees for 2 paper presenters selected from each ASEAN Economic Association / Economic Society.

Paper presenters must provide a copy of their passport, citizenship and date of birth. Please kindly note other claims such as visa fees and on-ground transportation are excluded.

Selected papers will be published in special / regular issue of:
  • The Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (JSEAE)
  • Malaysian Journal Of Economic Studies (MJES)

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

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