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Asian Economies Look Inward for Growth, but Need Reforms

On a recent trip to Shanghai, Paiboon Ponsuwanna visited internet companies Alibaba and Weibo, and inspiration struck. The businessman, who lives in Bangkok, already exports goods like frozen seafood, but he would like to bring more commerce home, even if it’s online. “Maybe we can start doing this kind of thing in Thailand and for ASEAN,” Paiboon said, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “I’m thinking about how to do more in ASEAN.” Although exports sustain many...

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