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PM Lee calls for redoubling of efforts to integrate Asean's economies

Published on May 11, 2014 2:48 PM
 
(From left) Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai deputy Prime Minister Phongthepth Epkanjana, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong join hands as they pose for a photograph at the start of the 24th ASEAN summit at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw on May 11, 2014. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, May 11, 2014, called on Asean to redouble efforts to integrate the economies of the grouping's 10 member states and accelerate community building. -- PHOTO: AFP

NAYPYIDAW: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday called on Asean to redouble efforts to integrate the economies of the grouping's 10 member states and accelerate community building.

He urged leaders to find the political will to tackle the most difficult and sensitive issues remaining as Asean bids to launch its economic community by 2015.

Asean should also complete the 9th round of the Asean Framework Agrement on services by August, fully implement the Asean open skies agreement before 2015 and promote awareness of the Asean economic community among busineses, especially small and medium Enterprises, PM Lee said.

He was speaking at the Asean leaders' plenary session, in which he outlined ways for the Asean countries to "stay united and move forward as one".

 
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