A new economic bloc promises much for ASEAN’s member states, but is the region still beset by problems of the past? BY LUKE HUNT
Fears that the gap between the six strong ASEAN players and the four developing countries remains too large for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) to be effective have been raised by regional decision-makers ahead of its implementation at the end of the year. By Marissa Carruthers
The date December 31, 2015 has been etched into the diary of all politicians, business people and journalists for a long time. is is the day that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) finally comes into existence.
FT ASEAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT Kuala Lumpur | 22 October 2015
I’m writing this editorial from a hotel in downtown Bangkok. The previous evening I had a conversation with media pals about the reported delay in the Thai elections – possibly a further 20 months away as arguments over the constitution rankle on.
Cambodia’s integration into the ASEAN Economic Community is fast approaching amid much speculation on whether the country is ready to reach regional expectations, standards and demands. BY JESSICA SANDER
On August 26, Prime Minister Hun Sen officially launched Cambodia’s new Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015 to 2025, an initiative that has been in the works now for well over a year, involving multiple, intra-ministerial deliberations, and which included input from the private sector and multi-lateral donors.
David Cameron’s recent visit to Southeast Asia highlighted the enormous potential for trade between the UK and the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). ASEAN Forum talks exclusively to Richard Graham (photo right), the UK PM’s recently appointed trade envoy for the nascent economic trading bloc. BY MARK BIBBY JACKSON
By Bretton G. Sciaroni As any lawyer knows, contracts are a critical component of both maintaining the rule of law and managing the day-to-day requirements for doing business. There is not a law school on the planet that doesn’t require first-year law students to plough through the subject. All straight forward and simple, right?
Tourism in Cambodia is on the rise, and travellers are venturing beyond the iconic temples to seek the country’s hidden treasures. With new ASEAN standards, the Kingdom stands poised for the future, but diverse markets are creating unique challenges for the emerging sector.