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(Nov 08, 2012) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is planning to initiate a regional free trade agreement (FTA) in November 2012. In the agreement, ASEAN will partner with six nations, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, in what is being called a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. (Sri Wahyuni & Linda Yulisman, ASEAN to Launch a New Regional FTA with Its Partners, THE JAKARTA POST (Nov. 5, 2012).)
The framework for establishing such regional partnerships was adopted by ASEAN at the 19th ASEAN summit meeting, held in
According to ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, speaking at the 13th Asia-Europe Business Forum in
Surin went on to discuss the possibility of an ASEAN-EU free trade agreement, something that has been under discussion since 2005, but is as yet considered too complicated, given that there are 27 EU member states. "Eventually, we will come back to that ASEAN-EU free trade agreement. This will be good for both sides," he added. (
ASEAN was initially an association of five nations, founded in 1967, with the goals of accelerating economic growth, social progress, and cultural development; promoting regional peace; promoting collaboration and mutual assistance in economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific, and administrative fields; aiding each other through training and research facilities; cooperating in agriculture, industry, and trade; promoting Southeast Asian studies; and maintaining relationships with other international and regional organizations. (Overview, ASEAN website (last visited Nov. 5, 2012).) There are at present ten ASEAN member states: Brunei
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
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Last updated: 11/08/2012