The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded by five S.E. Asian countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand in 1967. By 1999, they had been joined by Brunei, Viet Nam, Lao, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
ASEAN’s purpose is to accelerate economic growth, social progress, cultural integration, regional peace and stability in the region. It seeks to foster economic integration by creating a stable, prosperous and highly competitive ASEAN economic region in which there is a free flow of goods, services, investment and a freer flow of capital, equitable economic development and reduced poverty and socio-economic disparities.
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ASEAN Economic Community – AEC
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), launched on 31 December 2015, is the key goal for regional economic integration by all ASEAN economies. AEC envisages that there will be: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development, and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy.
ASEAN Ministers developed and is systematically pursuing a comprehensive blueprint to reach the targets of AEC by 2025. The blueprint is found here:
About ASEAN New Zealand Business Council (ASEAN NZBC)
ASEAN NZBC is a member-based business council connecting New Zealand businesses with ASEAN trading partners. It is an organisation, which advocates their concerns and provides a network to seek contacts, learn about the markets and be assisted in many other ways in its members’ ASEAN business efforts.
Well connected with business and government agencies in New Zealand and ASEAN, ASEAN NZBC provides crucial linkages and information. Above all it is the foremost network for anyone with ASEAN business aspirations.
ASEAN NZBC works closely through a Memorandum of Cooperation with Jakarta based ASEAN Business Advisory Council and its other “plus one” dialogue partners.
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