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Asean Economic Community

Singapore: Benefits of integration still far off for businesses

Regional governments will reach a milestone at the end of this year, when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is launched - at least in name.  Ten Asean papers of the Asia News Network report on sentiments within their countries for the AEC as the deadline nears in this special report.

Indonesia: Time for SMEs to toughen up

As the largest economy in South-east Asia, Indonesia has a lot at stake in the full implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by the year end.

Thailand: Full steam ahead towards regional integration

Big Thai corporate names like Bangkok Bank, Charoen Pokphand Foods, Siam Cement Group and Thai Beverage - all representing different industries - share a similar view that the domestic economy is becoming too small, and are venturing overseas to take advantage of growth opportunities that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) has to offer.

A worker looks at damaged watermelon at a market in Manila on December 27.
The Philippines: Getting ready for challenges, expansion

From the perspective of the Philippines, it is a game changer, maybe the biggest in Asia since China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

Vietnam: Worrying about small firms

HANOI • Small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam have paid little attention to the nearing formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Singapore: Benefits of integration still far off for businesses

Regional governments will reach a milestone at the end of this year, when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is launched - at least in name.  Ten Asean papers of the Asia News Network report on sentiments within their countries for the AEC as the deadline nears in this special report.

Indonesia: Time for SMEs to toughen up

As the largest economy in South-east Asia, Indonesia has a lot at stake in the full implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by the year end.

Thailand: Full steam ahead towards regional integration

Big Thai corporate names like Bangkok Bank, Charoen Pokphand Foods, Siam Cement Group and Thai Beverage - all representing different industries - share a similar view that the domestic economy is becoming too small, and are venturing overseas to take advantage of growth opportunities that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) has to offer.

A worker looks at damaged watermelon at a market in Manila on December 27.
The Philippines: Getting ready for challenges, expansion

From the perspective of the Philippines, it is a game changer, maybe the biggest in Asia since China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

Vietnam: Worrying about small firms

HANOI • Small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam have paid little attention to the nearing formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).