ASEAN’s durability for 50 years is an enigma of the 21st century — there is still no consensus on how the organisation has survived for so long.
To describe the rapid rise of East Asia's influence would, at this point, be a cliché. But the speed of this well-documented rise has not just created opportunities; it has created risks.
The ASEAN market and production base is comprised of five core elements — the free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labour. But progress has been limited.
Today there are 10 member states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. ASEAN has biggest population of any geo-political bloc totalling more than 600m people (nearly 10% of the world’s population).
Although some reports identify an upsurge in Singapore’s attractiveness as a financial center and a decline in Hong Kong’s, both are leading destinations that are in many ways complementary to each other.
Out of Indonesia's 259 million-strong population, only 34 per cent are active Internet users, according to the latest Digital Yearbook
Environmental laws are on the agenda in Vietnam after public criticism has put the government on the back foot for failing to protect the environment from industrial pollution.
Myanmar is now representing a user base of more than 46 million subscribers, according to the latest research by BuddeComm, an Australian specialist telecoms research company.