Vietnam, Mekong and Asia
Raymond Mallon has nearly three decades experience
working on -- and learning about -- economic development and regulatory reform
issues in Asia and the Pacific. Following economics consulting experience in
Australia and Asia, he worked as an Economist at ADB in Manila (1988-91), as
Resident Economist for UNDP in Hanoi (1991-93), and as a World Bank Senior
Policy Advisor (1993-95) at Viet Nam’s (former) State Planning Committee (now
MPI). He has worked as an itinerant freelance consultant/economist since 1995, and
is part-time senior policy advisor to the Beyond WTO initiative. He regularly provides consulting services in:
- Evaluation and strategic planning studies.
- Economic development, growth and poverty reduction.
- Private sector development (especially business enabling environment, including regulatory impact assessment).
- Governance and accountability in development.
- Trade, investment and regional cooperation.
- Rural development and rural-urban transition.
- Economic policy analysis.
Regular clients include multilateral (ADB, UN and World Bank), bilateral and government agencies, and research institutes. Raymond is regularly asked to advise on strategic planning, program formulation and evaluation, trade policy, regulatory reform, private sector development and rural urban transition issues. His involvement in various regional forum (such as the Greater Mekong Sub-region initiative) have provided fascinating opportunities to work with leading regional thinkers in the development policy, academic and business sectors.
Raymond is still trying to learn why some countries succeed in achieving socio-economic development goals while others are less successful. Particular research interests include:
- the role of business and private sector in economic development,
- the impacts that Government policy and public investment decisions have on business investment, economic growth, employment generation and spatial development; and
- the growing importance of regional economic linkages and the opportunities that such linkages provide for developing countries to “catch-up” in terms of technology, productivity and living standards.
In addition to economic consulting reports, and conference and working papers, Raymond co-authored Viet Nam: a transition tiger? published by ANU's Asia Pacific Press.
Please find out more information by downloading his curriculum vitae