The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
ASC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) convened the High-Level Conference on The Evolving Nature of ASEAN’s Economic Cooperation: Original Vision and Current Practice on 9 October 2014.
22 Sep 2014, ISEAS. Featuring the joint ILO-ADB report examining the impact of the AEC on labour markets. Click here to read the report
In addition to the analyses by ASC-ISEAS researchers, Sanchita Basu Das and Moe Thuzar on ASEAN's integration efforts, AMB Barry Desker shares his views on ASEAN integration published in the RSIS Commentary series.
AMB Desker is a Distinguished Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University and Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to the Holy See and Spain.
Noting that ASEAN has brought the region closer, kept it free of intra-state conflict, and kept the region relevant to major powers, AMB Desker expressed his reservations over approaches taken such as consensus decision-making.
As with the perspective of Moe Thuzar and Sanchita Basu Das, AMB Desker suggested that fundamentally, an "ASEAN mindset" that would cross the sectorial boundaries of policymakers is needed with the idea of a customs union included. Other critical aspects of integration that should be addressed include "the standardisation of legal regimes and the development of infocommunications technology infrastructure."
Click here for the full RSIS Commentary
As ASEAN prepares for its first milestone towards an integrated community, the key obstacles are lie with physical infrastructure, harmonising customs and immigration procedures, Moe Thuzar explains.
With improved and cheaper connectivity, economic corridors have emerged and grown in importance in supply chain networks. Economic imbalances between the urban and rural areas too have grown, further impacting migration patterns.
ASEAN has been pursuing connectivity in the region with its Master Plan on Asean Connectivity (MPAC) adopted in 2010 that includes among other projects, the ASEAN Highway Network. Financing the projects in the master plan however will require a healthy investment climate and the ability of the respective governments to create mutually beneficial private-public partnerships.
Click here to read the article as published by The Straits Times.
ASC's Sanchita Basu Das, along with Rahul Sen, Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology and Sadhana Srivastava, Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology have authored the current ISEAS Perspective issue. The issue discusses the feasibility of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) moving forward to the next step of economic integration, i.e. towards an ASEAN Customs Union (ACU) post-2015.
Click here to read the issue.
Today wrote an opinion piece on ASEAN's integration efforts.
Analysts such as Mr Ong Keng Yong, executive deputy chairman of Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and former ASEAN secretary-general suggested the ASEAN Economic Community would be the most obvious of the three pillars.
While the bloc has enjoyed peace and stablity since its formation in 1967, issues such as disagreements on the South China sea disputes have hampered the Political Security community efforts.
The sociocultural pillar which has dual objectives of identity-building and narrowing the devleopment gap among member states, has reported it has completed 90% of its measures listed in the ASCC blueprint. However, these benefits are less visible.
ASC's Me Thuzar suggested "The sense among analysts is that more needs to be done, especially in making sure people understand what regional cooperation means...This feeds into developing a regional identity.”
Click here for the full article by Today.