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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries
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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries are reviewed in this study. These countries have sought to reduce dependence on out-of-pocket payments, increase pooled health finance, and expand services, stepping towards universal coverage. The author underlines that expanding coverage of good-quality services and ensuring adequate human resources are important to achieve universal coverage.

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N. Erbil / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2011
Oil price volatility has increased in recent years, where these large, unpredictable swings have a major impact on fiscal balances in developing oil-producing economies. This paper examines the cyclicality of fiscal behaviour in 28 de...
An introduction to greater Mekong subregional cooperation
C Vannarith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
Mekong region, one of the most important economic and strategic gateways in the region, has become the focus of cooperation, integration, and development in the context of Southeast Asian and East Asian regionalism. Greater Mekong Sub...
East Asian community building: challenges and future prospects
C Chanborey / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
The concept of East Asian community building is not a new idea, coming out of the blue. It is, actually, a development that is based on the previous initiative and the on-going regional cooperation frameworks, namely the East Asia Eco...
Is ASEAN relevant to the political need of its members?
L Thearith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
One may come up with a question why democratization is necessary for the survival of ASEAN. There are two main reasons for the democratization of ASEAN: geopolitics and regionalism. Based on the geopolitical factor, if ASEAN is not de...
Chinese harmonious world policy and its implication on South East Asia
K Sambat / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
Like many other growing economic power in history, China has to adjust its foreign policy to global development and international trends but unlike those emerging powers with diplomatic competition resulting in war, China as a rising ...
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N. Boubakri; J.C. Cosset; H. Smaoui / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2011
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PJEPA: Highlights of an initial ex-post review
V.M. Ledda; E.M. Medalla / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2013
The Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA), which is considered a "new age" free trade agreement (FTA), is the first and, so far, the only bilateral economic partnership agreement entered into by the Philippines. Bey...
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