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Establishing Monetary Union in the Gulf Cooperation Council: What Lessons for Regional Cooperation?

dc.contributor.authorShinji Takagi
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-24T13:12:20Z
dc.date.available2015-01-24T13:12:20Z
dc.date.issued2012-10-19
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/1152
dc.description.abstractThe paper reviews the experience of regional economic cooperation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Conceived as a regional security alliance, the GCC has evolved to become a common market in the making. All six GCC countries participate in the common market project, and additional countries may join. But the timing of introducing a common currency, initially targeted for 2010, remains uncertain, especially in the light of the ongoing euro area crisis. Two countries have withdrawn from the common currency project; another has ceased to comply with a prerequisite for entering the monetary union. But the GCC is not the same as the GCC Monetary Union, nor should the success of the GCC be judged solely on the basis of how many member states end up participating in the single currency. From the standpoint of Asia, the contrast appears striking. In Asia it has been a slow and difficult process to form consensus on regional cooperation, but political agreement collectively to promote economic integration was reached rather quickly in the GCC. Even so, regional institution building, especially in creating regional decision-making bodies, has been slow in the GCC; the region is yet to see the degree of economic integration already experienced in Asia. An important lesson of the GCC experience is that political will and leadership alone is not a sufficient condition for success. What ultimately determines the success of any regional cooperation effort is the willingness of countries to surrender part of their national sovereignty, a difficult feat for any group of countries.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank Institute
dc.rightsCC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/
dc.titleEstablishing Monetary Union in the Gulf Cooperation Council: What Lessons for Regional Cooperation?
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertFinancial Stability
dc.subject.expertFinancial Management System
dc.subject.expertFinancial Restructuring
dc.subject.expertCapital Market Development
dc.subject.expertErosion
dc.subject.expertMarket Development
dc.subject.expertEconomics
dc.subject.expertErosion
dc.subject.expertInternational Economics
dc.subject.adbInternational Financial Market
dc.subject.adbMultilateral Financial Institutions
dc.subject.adbEconomic Recession
dc.subject.adbMarket
dc.subject.adbCrisis
dc.subject.naturalBusiness recessions
dc.subject.naturalMultilateral development banks
dc.subject.naturalRegulatory reform
dc.subject.naturalCapital
dc.title.seriesADBI Working Paper Series
dc.title.volumeNo. 390
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank Institute
oar.themeFinance
oar.themeEconomics
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic Republic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryMicronesia, Federated States of
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryChina, People’s Republic of
oar.countryHong Kong, China
oar.countryChina, People’s Republic of
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.dep.sourceADBI
oar.identifierOAR-002291
oar.authorTakagi, Shinji
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