AEC Asean Economic Community MOVE FORWARD

An Expert's View about Banking, Finance and Insurance in Thailand

Posted on: 17 Dec 2011


ASEAN Move Forward > As the second decade of the 21st century unfolds, the ASEAN region has gained increased significance to the global economy and is setting in place the final measures to become the world’s newest economic community. United Nations Secretary General H.E. Ban Ki-Moon remarked that “This is the moment of ASEAN, now is the moment for ASEAN, to step in the global role.” The 19th ASEAN Summit Meeting, held in Indonesia at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, discussed ASEAN community building by 2015, the year in which the ASEAN Economic Community enters into force, and also addressed the wider role of ASEAN in regional and global issues. The heads of state attending the summit meeting reaffirmed their commitment to accelerate the implementation of the ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio- Cultural Community. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spoke of Thailand’s commitment to relief and rapid recovery after the floods, and stressed the importance for ASEAN to enhance cooperation in management of flood disasters and water resources. Subsequently, a Statement on Cooperation in Flood Prevention, Mitigation, Relief, Recovery and Rehabilitation, proposed by Thailand, was adopted. The prime minister expressed Thailand’s support for ASEAN to play a proactive role in the global community, pursuing a “forward strategy” to deal with global challenges more effectively. ASEAN should rely more on its internal growth, strengthening its economic integration, while also enhancing its partnership with external partners. In this connection, the prime minister expressed a similar view while meeting with ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), including the need to strengthen the ASEAN business sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). And that it was also important to move forward on frameworks and principles for ASEAN++ FTA with bilateral FTA dialogue partners. The overall success of the ASEAN Summit and its related summits is reflected in the nine main achievements of the leaders representing the 18 countries of ASEAN, and ASEAN dialogue partners in Bali, which are: 1. Concrete measures to strengthen the three pillars of ASEAN community; 2. Strengthening the regional economic growth; 3. To assume a pivotal role in building a more efficient and effective architecture for regional cooperation; 4. To maintain Southeast Asia regional stability and security; 5. Strengthening the role of ASEAN globally; 6. Joint efforts to strengthen the economy of East Asia (East region); 7. Joint efforts to develop platform and real action to address food, water, and energy security as well as climate change; 8. Joint efforts to address non-traditional security challenges: natural disasters, terrorism, transnational crimes; 9. Joint efforts to maintain peace, security and stability and order of East Asia region. If it is true that the 21st century belongs to ASIA, then surely a more integrated and economically coordinated ASEAN will be among the driving forces in the region. AEC, with its free trade regime, long history and experience in operating a liberal economy open to investors, will be the gateway for investment into this US$ one trillion plus market of 570 million people. “Achieve Goals and Experience Long-Term Success through Strategic Business Practices” Please contact: AEC Resources (Thailand) The International B2B resources site for easiest way to starting, doing and promoting business connections with the Ten Nations One Community of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. Email:, Call: (+668) 91888503, Fax: (+662) 574 5841 Please find us on:
Posted: 17 December 2011

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