Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


Corporate governance in Asia

This study examines the state of corporate governance in some countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Since the early 1990s, corporate governance has been receiving increasing attention from regulatory bodies and practitioners worldwide. A key aspect of improving corporate governance in the region is that improved investor protection and more transparent information will enhance the development of local capital markets and promote foreign investment to provide funds for long-term economic development. The authors suggest that individual countries should first focus on improving national standards of regulation and corporate practice rather than attempt to reach a common set of matrices from the start. When appropriate governance standards are in place in individual countries, codes of best practice could then be integrated into a consistent framework for all countries to develop more regionally integrated capital markets.


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