ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967 with the aim of enhancing the multilateral cooperation in the field of economics, politics and socio-culture among 10 South East Asian countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao.
ASEAN Community is comprised of three primary pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is set up on December 31st, 2015.
One of the main purposes of AEC is to create a single market and production base in the region. Such purpose has been progressively fulfilled through the Agreement on Free Trade in Goods, Services, Investment in ASEAN and many other Programs, Initiatives, etc.

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US and UK to start trade talks next month to ensure deal soon after Brexit

Trade talks with the US will kick off next month as British officials start to scope out plans for a deal, with the aim of setting up a free trade agreement as soon as possible after Brexit.

Publications

APEC Outcomes and Outlook 2016/2017

As APEC heads to Viet Nam in 2017 under the theme, “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”, a regional agenda with the following priorities are put forward: Promoting sustainable, innovative, and inclusive growth; Deepening regional economic integration; Strengthening MSMEs’ competitiveness and innovation in the digital age; and Enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change. This publication also looks back at the outcomes of APEC Peru 2016 and the the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru.