Monetary and Financial Cooperation in East Asia: The Chiang Mai Initiative and Beyond

Publication | February 2002

The evolving postcrisis efforts to promote a new regional financial architecture in East Asia are reviewed and activities of various groups (ASEAN, ASEAN+3, ASEM), which are under way to strengthen the process are identified.

Until recently, not much attention had been paid to the need to promote regional monetary and financial cooperation. This is surprising as cooperation in finance provides more opportunities for "win–win" situations. However, the pace of monetary and financial cooperation has picked up in the postcrisis period. Countries in East Asia appear to have mustered a certain amount of "political will" to propel the process further. Cooperation has ranged from information exchange and surveillance, to establishing regional financing facilities and early warning systems.

Beyond the Chiang Mai Initiative, efforts are also under way to coordinate macroeconomic and exchange rate policies mainly under the ASEAN Task Force on ASEAN Currency and Exchange Rate Mechanism of the Asia–Europe Finance Ministers group. As a regional development bank, ADB is supporting the efforts of its developing member countries to strengthen regional monetary and financial cooperation.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • The Case for and against Monetary and Financial Cooperation
  • Evolving Regional Financial Architecture in East Asia
  • Beyond the Chiang Mai Initiative: Coordination of Macroeconomic and Exchange Rate Policies
  • Conclusion
  • References

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Finance sector development
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • 1655-5252 (Print)

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