Is Malaysia Prepared? The ASEAN Economic Community is at Hand

By Sanchita Basu Das

April 2013 COVER STORY
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Asean-US Leaders' Meeting in New York in 2010.
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South-East Asia is set to become smaller and more interconnected thanks to an ambitious economic integration plan set to become reality by the end of 2015. The groundwork has been laid, but what exactly does it all mean? Are we ready for real Asean Integration? What’s in it for Malaysia?For the last two decades, Asean has been working on deepening the economic integration process among its 10 member countries. In 1992, it signed the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta), focusing...

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Sanchita Basu Das

is a fellow and lead researcher (Economic Affairs) at the Asean Studies Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. She is the coordinator and editor of the ISEAS-ADB publication, The Asean Economic Community: A Work in Progress.